Stock Island man charged with pointing gun

A 19 year old Stock Island man is in jail on numerous felony charges after an alleged crime spree last Saturday in the early morning hours.

Deputies and detectives responded to a home on Miriam Street at 6 a.m. after a man reported an armed gunman at his home. The victim told Detective David Brummer he was awake at his home at 5:30 a.m. when he heard someone open his front door. When he went to check on it, he saw a man standing inside the door, holding a gun. He said the gunman – later identified as Manuel Argomaniz – pointed the gun at him and told him to put his hands up. Argomaniz then told him not to call the police, and left out the front door.

The victim said he heard a loud noise outside which sounded like a gunshot – a .45 caliber shell casing was found outside in the street. Others who live in the area also told deputies they heard a gunshot.

Detective Brummer was able to find several video surveillance cameras in the area which showed Argomaniz riding away from the scene on a bicycle.

He also received information from Key West Police about an incident with an armed man they were investigating which had taken place just a short time before. In that incident, the victim identified Argomaniz as the man who pointed a gun at him. Key West Police gave Detective Brummer a possible location for Argomaniz – a business called Stock Island Fades and Spa on 3rd Avenue, Stock Island.

When Detective Brummer went to that location, he found Argomaniz. Argomaniz was still wearing the same clothing he had on in the surveillance video. He was also in possession of the bicycle he was riding in the video and he was carrying the gun he’d threatened the victim with.

Further investigation revealed the bike had been stolen from a residence on Miriam Street. The owner of the home told the detective his wife’s bike was parked under his house Friday night and was missing Saturday morning. He said he also noticed pry marks on his front door as if someone had tried to break in.

Detective Brummer is continuing to investigate cases possibly connected to Argomaniz, including a Stock Island burglary in which a gun was stolen.

Argomaniz was charged with home invasion robbery, two counts of burglary, grand theft, being armed while committing a felony crime and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. He also had four outstanding warrants for violation of probation when he was arrested. More charges are pending.

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