Richard Andres, Jonathan Gordon arrested in Tamarac fatal shooting
Detectives say victim's ex-girlfriend told suspect about safes full of cash in home
TAMARAC, Fla. – Two men have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a man inside his Tamarac home.
Richard Andres, 35, of Hollywood, and Jonathan Gordon, 31, of Fort Lauderdale, were arrested on charges of first-degree murder in the death of Ivan Brandt.
Broward Sheriff's Office deputies said they found Brandt's body inside his home last Thursday after a neighbor called 911 and reported hearing gunshots.
Detectives said they discovered a key piece of evidence while searching the home for clues -- surveillance video that captured the entire incident.
BSO spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said the video shows Brandt talking on his cellphone when he appears to hear a knock on the front door. When he opens the door, two men later identified as Andres and Gordon force their way inside and attempt to restrain Brandt, who resists and stabs both of them during the struggle.
Coleman-Wright said Brandt was shot in the head multiple times. She said exterior surveillance video shows Andres and Gordon driving away in Gordon's car after the shooting.
Investigators said they also found a recently printed January 2012 newspaper article about Andres, who had been accused of killing a kitten and beating his wife.
A BSO homicide detective spoke with the woman who was on the phone with Brandt just before he was killed. She said Brandt had tracked his ex-girlfriend to a Hollywood hotel, which led detectives there.
When detectives spoke with the manager, he said Brandt had come to the hotel looking for his ex-girlfriend, telling the clerk that she was being held against her will by Andres, who was "pimping her out."
Detectives said Brandt's ex-girlfriend was with Andres when he was arrested Saturday at a bus stop near Hollywood Boulevard and State Road 7. When detectives questioned her, they said she admitted to "repeatedly" telling Andres that Brandt "had safes in his home containing large amounts of cash," even giving him Brandt's home address.
Gordon was arrested Sunday in Fort Lauderdale. He and Andres are being held without bond.
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