A Nicaraguan man who allegedly killed a co-worker with a hammer appeared in a South Florida court Thursday, where a judge denied him the right to bail.
Brian Menocal, 31, has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing a man who worked at the Wartsilla company in Hollywood, Broward County, with a blunt object.
It all happened around 6 a.m. Wednesday when officers arrived on the scene at the 2900 block of Southwest and 42nd Avenue after a report of an alleged homicide at a heavy machinery parts maker for trucks and cruise ships. ,
After a supervisor called officers to tell them that Menocal had left the scene after admitting to killing a co-worker, Hollywood police arrived at the scene and found an injured man lying in a pool of blood. , who was later declared dead at the scene. ,
“Today at approximately 6:30 p.m., officers with the Hollywood Police Department received a call regarding a suspicious incident. When officers arrived on scene they found a male who had tragically died from injuries sustained by a suspicious individual.” Hollywood Police.
“The two individuals involved in the incident knew each other and worked together,” officials confirmed.
Some witnesses warned of the possible use of a hammer and a gruesome scene inside the company’s facility.
A statement from the company revealed that “Wartsila is deeply saddened that a fatal incident occurred at our Fort Lauderdale facility today. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of the deceased employee.”
The suspect was arrested the same day the incident occurred at his home.
Officials said this was an isolated incident between two people working at the same location and that the incident did not represent a danger to the community.