Two Men Arrested After Seen Dumping Dead Victim’s Belongings in Trash Dumpsters in Brevard County
By Space Coast Daily // January 4, 2020
victim identified as Tyler Michael Moore, 24, from Melbourne
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne Police arrested two men in a homicide investigation on Saturday after officers discovered 24-year-old Tyler Michael Moore from Melbourne dead inside a house.
The suspects, 28-year-old Nicholas A. McDuffie and 32-year-old Victor Jonathan Cruz, were taken into custody after police found the two men putting the victim’s items in trash dumpsters along several beachside communities.
Detectives established surveillance at the home and later followed the two men driving a box truck seen leaving the house.
“Officers quickly secured any dumpster believed to contain items of evidentiary value,” said a Melbourne Police spokesperson. “The males (suspects) were eventually stopped by patrol units at State Road 518 at South Patrick Drive where they were detained.”
Detectives and CSI eventually entered the home at 2542 Leewood Boulevard where they found the body of Tyler Michael Moore.
Police say the case is being investigated as a homicide.
McDuffie has been charged Tampering with Evidence, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Failure to Report a Death and Driving with a Suspended License.
Cruz has been charged Charges Tampering with Evidence and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Both men could face more charges as more details develop from Moore’s death
If anyone has information on this incident, they are asked to contact the Melbourne Police Department 321-608-6731 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.
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