Surveillance-camera footage, apartment-gate swipes and anonymous tips pointed Palm Beach County sheriff’s authorities to Fraguela, records show, and secured his arrest Wednesday on charges connected to the deaths of Justin Moyer, 33, and Crystal Rivera, 20.
Fraguela, 33, of Palm Springs faces murder, weapons and shooting-related charges in the string of gunfire shortly after 3 a.m. June 4 at Okeechobee Boulevard and Military Trail.
He refused to come to court Thursday, yet Judge Dina Keever-Agrama ordered him to be held in the Palm Beach County Jail without the possibility of posting bond.
“I just don’t understand how someone can refuse to come to court,” Moyer’s mother, Valli Moyer, told Keever-Agrama.
Judges can force defendants to appear in court, but Keever-Agrama said she would have denied him bond regardless.
Court records indicate Fraguela has two open drug cases stemming from arrests made after the June 4 killings. Sheriff’s authorities arrested him on marijuana- and cocaine-possession charges while performing searches related to the homicide investigation, records show.
Moyer, a rapper and father known as “Jbo,” and Rivera, whose friends remember as a smiling, selfless woman, both were shot multiple times.
Authorities found their bodies in a car outside a suburban West Palm Beach convenience store. The driver was shot in the arm and back. Her injuries were not life-threatening. Two other people who were in the car weren’t injured.
Those five people ended up together that morning when the woman who was not fatally shot picked up Rivera and another person from work, she told authorities.
They then picked up Moyer and another person from outside the Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen’s Club in suburban West Palm Beach.
They were within a block of it when authorities say Fraguela pulled up in a white SUV and fired eight shots. A witness said Fraguela looked at Moyer and said, “This is for you.”
Moyer was in the front passenger seat, and Rivera in the back middle seat, records state.
A back passenger took the wheel and drove to the Fast Stop In Go convenience store at Belvedere and Drexel roads, where authorities met them.
Investigators quickly turned to Fraguela as a suspect, according to sheriff’s office records. Multiple anonymous tips through the county’s Crime Stoppers program indicated Fraguela and Moyer had an argument about marijuana.
Other people told authorities they had an argument that night “over the robbery of a large amount of marijuana.”
Moyer’s mother scoffs at those theories and calls them ridiculous. She isn’t sure what spurred someone to kill her son and Rivera, but drugs isn’t it.
“That absolutely is not the case,” she said. “My son is not a drug dealer and never has been a drug dealer.”
Regardless of motive, sheriff’s authorities say surveillance footage from the club and nearby businesses shows Fraguela’s white SUV circling the parking lot shortly before 3 a.m. That SUV then is seen on video following the sedan out of the lot and pulling up to it at the intersection of Okeechobee and Military.
Also, sheriff’s authorities say shell casings left at the intersection matched those found at a March 3 shooting in West Palm Beach. In that case, Fraguela reportedly shot at a person he was upset with over stolen money. That victim decided not to press charges, sheriff’s records state.
Additionally, records from Fraguela’s Palm Springs apartment complex show him leaving at about 2:30 that morning and returning less than an hour after the killings.
Fraguela swore he wasn’t at Okeechobee and Military. He told investigators he knew Moyer but hadn’t spoken with him since December. He said he learned about his death online. He declined to continue to speak without a lawyer.
Records show Fraguela spent years in prison for aggravated child abuse stemming from a 2009 incident in which an infant was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center with head and rib injuries.
Fraguela, then an Acreage resident, said his 3-month-old daughter sustained those injuries when her toddler brother threw a can of ravioli at her head. He later said the infant fractured her skull when he dropped her, broke her leg when he stepped on her and broke her ribs as he gave her CPR.
During that investigation, Fraguela told authorities he was affiliated with the Crips street gang. An arrest report indicates he had a “CRIPS” tattoo on his left forearm and on the crown of his left hand.
The sheriff’s office said Wednesday it had no information about whether Fraguela was presently linked to a gang.
He was released from prison in November 2014, state records show.
“He didn’t do enough time,” Valli Moyer said about that case. “He will never do enough time.”