By Julie Montanaro
An FSU student escapes a deadly rampage. His father is suspected of killing his mother and brother and driving hundreds of miles to try to kill him.
It all started in Weston, Florida. Deputies say the father then travelled to Tallahassee to confront his son and ultimately took his own life in a Lake City hotel early this morning.
53 year old Pedro Moldonado is accused of killing his wife and 17 year old son with a cross bow. Their bodies were found in their home in Weston Tuesday afternoon.
"Crazy, like how can you kill your own family." a woman on scene said.
Broward County deputies would soon discover by then Moldonado had travelled more than 400 miles to Tallahassee and checked into the Universtiy Inn and Suites on West Tennessee Street. The desk clerk told us he stayed in room 238.
A Broward County Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman says that's where he tried to kill his other son - 21 year FSU student old Jose Maldonado.
"His father had a handheld crossbow, he tried to shoot him with that, he shot him in the ear...uhm, he struggled with him, he was trying to choke his son, luckily the son was able to struggle free," said Broward County Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Dani Moschella.
The son survived the attack.
Broward County deputies tell us the father, Pedro Maldonado, then travelled to Lake City and slit his own throat in a hotel room there.
"He was having financial problems and he was worried that the family was going to be deported...he made mention of that to his son in Tallahassee," Moschella said. "They were from Ecuador and they had been in the country legally at one point, but their visas had expired and they were facing deportation."
Students getting ready for finals at FSU call the deadly chain of events "unbelievable."
"I'm really sorry for this family, like, it's really a scary story," FSU Student Jintjie Xiao said. "I hope the school or the community here at FSU can do something for him to help him."
A Florida State University spokeswoman tells us Jose Maldonado is taking one class this semester.
A police detective walked into the University Inn and Suites lobby just as we were leaving.
Tallahassee Police are assisting in the investigation but have referred all comments to the Broward County Sheriff's Office, which is the lead agency in the investigation.
News Release: Broward County Sheriff’s Office
BSO Case Number: 08-1312-000142
PIO Number: 13-12-4
Date: December 3, 2013
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Place of Occurrence: 4266 Vineyard Circle, Weston
Description of Incident:
A Weston man murdered his wife and teenage son in their townhouse, drove to Tallahassee to attempt to kill his other son and eventually slit his own throat in a motel room bathroom.
Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are still piecing together details and a timeline of
Pedro José Maldonado’s violent rampage, but they believe he shot Monica Narvaez-Maldonado and Pedro José Maldonado, Jr. sometime Monday with a hand-held crossbow that shoots small arrows. Then he headed north to Tallahassee, where his older son, José Maldonado, attends Florida State University. He rented a hotel room Monday, and just after 7 a.m. Tuesday, he attacked 21-year-old José. He tried to shoot him with the small crossbow, but José turned, and the arrow hit his ear. Then his father began to choke him, but José struggled and managed to get away from his dad, who fled. José did not report the attack.
Around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Pedro Maldonado., Sr. called a friend in Miami and admitted to killing his wife and son. The friend immediately notified BSO. Not knowing where Pedro Maldonado, Sr. was, members of BSO’s SWAT team went to the Weston townhouse, which they found dark and quiet. No one answered the door, and cell phones belonging to the mother and son had been turned off.
Fearing for the safety of the family, SWAT team members went in and found their bodies. Homicide detectives began their investigation and their search for Pedro Maldonado, Sr. After developing information that he may have been in Columbia County, homicide detectives asked the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the Lake City Police Department to search for his black Volvo SUV at area hotels. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team located the Volvo at the Cabot Lodge, 3525 W. U.S. 90, Lake City. A SWAT negotiator tried for hours to contact Maldonado to no avail. Just before 2 a.m., they entered the room and found him dead.
The Tallahassee Police Department also assisted in the investigation.
INVESTIGATORS: Homicide Det. Curcio, Sgt. Ellwood, CID, SWAT, Crime Scene
THIS REPORT BY: Dani Moschella/PIO 12/4/13 1130
CBS Miami News Copy
FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A Weston father has killed himself after killing his wife and 17-year-old son, and then driving to Tallahassee to attempt to kill his 21-year-old son, a student at Florida State University.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office reported the body of 53-year old Pedro Maldonado was found in Cabot Lodge in Lake City around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4th.
On Tuesday, just before 4:30 p.m. a Sheriff’s SWAT team was sent to a home at 4266 Vineyard Circle in the Courtyard at the Grove community in Weston.
When they made entry into the home, they found the bodies of Maldonado’s wife, Monica Narvarez-Maldonado, 47, and teenage son, Pedro Maldonado, Jr., 17.
Investigators said the elder Pedro killed Monica and Pedro Jr. with a hand-held crossbow. After that, BSO said Pedro Sr. drove to Tallahassee and early Tuesday morning tried to shoot Jose Maldonado, 21, with the crossbow.
BSO said Jose turned and the arrow hit him in the ear. At that point, investigators said the Pedro Sr. began to choke him, but Jose struggled to get away from his dad, who then fled. BSO investigators said Jose didn’t initially report the attack.
Pedro Sr. then traveled to Lake City where he would later slit his own throat.
The news of the death spread quickly across social media among students.
“It’s on Twitter and stuff; people just really upset about it,” said student Annie Navarro. “I feel bad an innocent kid like that; he didn’t deserve that.”
Wednesday, the teenage son’s friend remembered in as someone that everybody liked.
“An amazing, amazing guy,” said classmate Dillon Perez. “He was really nice, really kind and I know the people in band adored this guy. He’ll be very missed.”
The younger Pedro was described as a talented drummer on Cypress Bay High School’s marching band.
“It shocked me beyond words,” said student Luisa Gamarodrigues. “That’s crazy! How could you kill your own family?”
Neighbors in the usually quiet community were stunned.
“Just unbelievable for the teenager with a whole life to live just taking it away like that; this is terrible,” said neighbor Marie Sabourin. “I can’t even imagine what was happening inside that house.”