A 29-year-old man “obsessed” with school shooters has been charged with leaving dead animals at the Parkland memorial for the 17 people killed in the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said Friday morning.
Robert Zildjian Mondragon of Margate was arrested on Aug. 4 and is being held without bail on charges of removing or defacing a grave or monument (three counts), breach of probation for battery and indecent exposure (five counts) and violating a protection from harm order, the sheriff’s office in a Friday news release.
The sheriff’s office’s investigation into the dead animals began over the summer when a school crossing guard on July 20 found a dead duck with its breast open on a bench in the MSD Memorial Garden. The memorial garden is not on the high school campus and is located at the corner of Pine Island and Holmberg Street.
On July 21, the crossing guard found a dead raccoon on the same bench. On July 31, a deputy found a dead opossum on the counter.
All of the dead animals were left by Mondragon, the sheriff’s office said.
Detectives have surveillance video that shows a man getting out of a white Nissan with “all black rims or a capless tire” outside the memorial. He went to the passenger side and then went to the monument.
A day later, on July 31, a deputy saw a white Nissan Sentra with “illegally” tinted windows matching the vehicle’s description driving slowly in the area of Pine Island Road and Holmberg Road at night. Stop the car. Mondragon was the driver. The deputy saw “bird feathers and blood on the passenger floor,” according to the sheriff’s office.
Mondragon, according to the sheriff’s office, told the deputy he had the dead bird in his car because he likes “the smell of metal and blood coming off the dead animal.”
While investigating the dead animals, detectives obtained search warrants for Mondragon’s car, home, cellphone and social media accounts. The sheriff’s office says they found a photo on Mondragon’s phone of a dead duck with its breast open, and another photo on his phone of a dead raccoon on the passenger side floor of his vehicle.
Investigators also learned that Mondragon has a “disturbing fascination” with school shooters, both real and imagined, according to the sheriff’s office.
“The tattoos on Mondragon’s face resemble those of Tate Langdon, the character from the television series American Horror Story based on the Columbine High School massacre,” the sheriff’s office said.
Investigators “also found text messages about school shootings and Internet searches for school shooters, how to break down steel doors, mass shootings, pipe bombs, as well as slang terms for killing police officers,” the press release said. “Further relevant evidence revealed that two weeks before the end of the 2021/2022 school year, Mondragon walked the path taken by the MSD school shooter from the high school to Walmart on February 14, 2018.”