It started out like dozens of other calls to police on Miami Beach: A tenant at an apartment complex was fighting with a roommate, acting irrationally and threatening to harm people.
But once police were inside Jaime Federico Gonzalez’s Island Avenue apartment, what they observed was anything but normal: Six rifles, three shotguns, 11 pistols and more than a thousand rounds of ammunition.
“We were called there because he was making threatening statements saying he wanted to kill people,” said Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez. “We initially Baker Acted him. We see his roommate and that’s when they discovered all the weapons.”
Gonzalez, 38, was taken into custody without incident. He was charged with false imprisonment, battery, grand theft, possession of a short-barreled shotgun and sexual battery. He was taken to the Turner Guilford Knight correctional center and his bond was initially set at $44,000.
The weapons were seized by police, and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were notified of the arrest and the weapons cache. And Gonzalez won’t be able to retrieve his weapons any time soon — if at all — legal experts say.
Criminal defense attorney Brian Tannebaum said there is “absolutely no way” Gonzalez can get his weapons back while he’s out on felony bond.
“We won’t be surrendering them without a court order,” said Rodriguez.
According to Gonzalez’s arrest report, it was just before 9:30 a.m. Monday when the landlord at Gonzalez’s apartment complex told police that one of her tenants was acting irrationally and “making threats to hurt people.”
When police made contact with a woman who had rented a room in Gonzalez’s apartment, she told them she awoke Monday morning to Gonzalez choking her and that she managed to escape when the landlord knocked on the door after hearing a commotion.
The woman also told police Gonzalez kept repeating that he wanted to “kill everyone.”
Miami Beach police said they first encountered Gonzalez outside the apartment and that he continued making threatening comments. But it wasn’t until police escorted the woman into the apartment that they noticed the stockpile of weapons.
Among them: a white long rifle with a scope, an AR-15 and a crossbow. Police also discovered two short-barreled shotguns — which are illegal — and a handgun that had been reported stolen nine years ago.
The woman who rented a room from Gonzalez also made two startling admissions: Gonzalez had forbidden her from going into a closeted area of the apartment where he said cameras and alarms had been installed and where the weapons were kept.
And, the woman told police that Gonzalez had raped her last week. She said she woke up at 4 a.m. Saturday while Gonzalez was penetrating her and that she managed to get away by kicking him and locking herself in a bathroom.
While she was locked in the bathroom, the woman told police she heard Gonzalez pacing just outside the door and talking to himself about killing his father and his cousin.
Gonzalez was expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.