BRADENTON, FL (WFLA) – Two men are behind bars for murdering a Bradenton couple in front of their own children, but a third suspect is still on the loose.
Last week, surveillance video captured three masked men break into a home and murder 29-year-old Kantral Brooks and his girlfriend, 29-year-old Ester Denues. There were five children in the home, ages 1-11, and some witnessed the crime. Officials say over the weekend, two witnesses came forward.
Both identified the suspects as 18-year-old Trey Nonnombre, 18-year-old Jimmie McNear and 33-year-old Terez Jones. At around 2 a.m. on Monday, officials arrested Nonnombre and McNear. Jones is still on the loose and is considered armed and dangerous.
Lt. James Racky with the Bradenton Police Department said, “The gentlemen in custody they are not talking, they are not cooperating, so they won’t give us anything right now.”
Nonnombre and McNear both had their first appearances in front of a judge. Nonnombre frequently shook his head as the judge discussed the case. They face second-degree murder charges and are being held on no bond.
“This is clearly a very serious crime, its an incredibly tragic situation, two people have lost their lives, as I said earlier, the use of weapons yet again in this community is a very serious situation and it only seems to be escalating,” Circuit Court Judge John Lakin said.
“Somebody decided in the middle of the night to go into someone’s home and we have 2 people that are dead in this community,” Lakin added. “There is no justification for that.”
Officials say these three suspects have long rap sheets. Jones spent 15 years in prison for a sexual battery arrest and was just released earlier this year. Last week, he was released on bond for narcotics charges. Police say they were going after Kantral Brooks.
“We believe Brooks was targeted, we believe [Ester] Deneus was just there, unfortunate for her,” Lt. Racky said.
And during their search of the victims’ home, they found 14 ounces of powder cocaine and some bags of rock cocaine.
“We know he was targeted, we know the house was targeted,” Lt. Racky said. “We did locate some narcotics in the house but we’re not ready to say if that was the motive.”
The investigation goes on, and the priority now turns to capturing Terez Jones. He’s considered armed and dangerous. The Department of Corrections website says Jones has a tattoo of the statue of liberty on his right arm. If you have any information, call the Bradenton Police.
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