WATCH: Brevard County Man Arrested for First-Degree Felony Murder
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard Sheriff // April 12, 2023
ABOVE VIDEO: Good evening, everybody. I’m Sheriff Wayne Ivey, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. I’m out on the scene of a recent homicide arrest that we just made for first degree felony murder.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Good evening, everybody. I’m Sheriff Wayne Ivey, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. I’m out on the scene of a recent homicide arrest that we just made for first degree felony murder.
I want to give everybody an update on this case, and there’s some some very specifics to this case that I want to remind everybody of this case started back in January of 21 when our team responded to an apparent overdose.
It was an individual that was in town visiting from out of state, got here, went out to a local nightclub and actually made the acquaintance of the individual we just arrested for first degree felony murder. Lonnie Robinson, they made an acquaintance with each other.
The victim in this case asked Robinson did he know where he could get any cocaine or any heroin. Robinson told him that he did, that he could get him any amount he wanted. They discussed it.
They went back and forth by telephone and text. And as things progressed, the victim was adamant, I want cocaine or heroin. Lonnie Robinson delivered fentanyl to our victim, and the victim took the fentanyl, believing that it was heroin and overdosed taking the amount. As anybody knows, fentanyl is one of the most dangerous drugs that we’ve encountered. A very small dosage of it is enough to a lethal dose to kill a human being.
And in this case, the individual thought he was doing heroin, took that amount and overdosed on fentanyl. Our team worked the case. As I said, it started back in January of 21. Now, it took a little bit of time to get telephone records, to do search warrants on telephones, interview different people from time to time in this case, as has come and gone. But at the end of the day, our team worked very closely with our state attorney’s office.
They were able to put the evidence together to today arrest Lonnie Robinson for first degree felony murder.
Ironically, Lonnie Robinson is also on federal probation for conspiracy to deliver drugs. So here’s an individual that’s obviously been involved in the drug business out here dealing fentanyl to someone that thought they were getting heroin and cost this individual his life, robbed the family of this individual. And I understand this individual was trying to buy drugs. I’m not taking away from that.
What I am telling you, though, is fentanyl is one of the most dangerous drugs that we’ve ever encountered. And for somebody to deliberately deliver fentanyl when the person thought they were getting something else, it just highlights what we’re trying to tell everybody the dangers of fentanyl.
When you’re buying something out on the street, you have no idea what you are really buying. You have no idea what it’s been laced with or what it’s been cut with. So it just adds to the already existing dangers of fentanyl.
Lonnie Robinson knew what he was doing. He made the money off the transaction and didn’t care anything about this individual’s. Life. Anything about what was going to happen to this individual. Well, he cares now.
He’s sitting in the Brevard County jail on no bond. The feds, I’m sure, will violate his probation on this charge and he will be put someplace where he can never add to someone’s addiction again, never benefit off the greed of someone else’s addiction. So individuals locked up. Our team did a great job, all the way from our agents that worked this case to our game over task force that took him into custody today, and also our state attorney that worked diligently with us to make this happen.
And again, I’m just going to say this as I close out this case only highlights once again the absolute dangers of fentanyl, the absolute dangers of doing drugs and buying drugs out on the street, that you have no idea what that substance is.
So please, if you have an addiction, get help. Get with your family, get with your friends, get with us. We’ll find you some help to get you off of this poison.
But if not, you’re going to be just like this victim, because you’re out here buying stuff on the street. You have no idea what it is.
Lonnie Robinson is locked up behind bars. He can’t hurt anyone else. But there’s a lot of other of these disgusting drug dealers out here that are selling this poison out on the street.