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Zombiecon shooting suspect had been living in Immokalee

Posted at 10:47 PM, Feb 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-26 22:47:21-05

In the 2 1/2 years since the Zombiecon shooting, suspect Jose Bonilla had been living 30 miles from where the crime took place, in Immokalee.

"We have reason to believe he may have talked about this crime to family and friends," said Ft. Myers Police Captain Jay Rodriguez.

But if Bonilla bragged about the shooting, Eddie Hernandez didn't know about it.  He lived next to Bonilla for almost a year on Carson Street.

"I never thought it would be that, you know, I never saw him fighting or anything like that."

But in May of 2017, Bonilla was arrested for trespassing at the home. 

That summer he was arrested again for child abuse.  According to police reports, he scratched a small child.

Shortly after the Zombiecon shooting, in 2016 Bonilla had his first run in with deputies.  He encountered the drug enforcement team at a home on 3rd Street North.  He was arrested after running from them.

Investigators were back at Bonilla's old home on Carson street Monday.

"They were all suited up, they didn't have no gun or nothing," said Hernandez.  "They looked around, but nobody was home."

4-in-your corner spoke with a woman who said she's Bonilla's sister.  She did not want to go on camera, but told us she has not been in contact with her brother for several months.