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Former high school wrestler charged in Palm Bay home invasion

Brandon Moon - Photo courtesy Florida Today
Brandon Moon - Photo courtesy Florida Today

PALM BAY, Fla. – A once promising high school athlete now faces charges for his involvement in an armed home invasion in Palm Bay where residents were forced at gunpoint into a laundry room while demanding cash, News 6 partner Florida Today reports.

Brandon Dyshun Moon, 20, of Melbourne, was charged with robbery or home invasion with firearm or deadly weapon after Palm Bay police were called out to a residence in the 700 block of Olivia Street in the southwest section of the city to investigate reports of an armed robbery, reports show. Police said Moon was recognized by one of the victims as a former wrestler for Palm Bay High School, reports show. Several victims also recognized the other robbery participants as former friends or associates.

Police did not say why the home was targeted specifically. A second man, Noah Porter, 19, was also arrested on a robbery home invasion with a firearm charged in connection to the incident while police were working to identify the other participants, records show.

Police said that on April 5, Moon, Porter and  two other men – including one with what was described as a ‘lazy eye’ - stormed the back door of the home with guns, including a long rifle and a Taser, and ordered the residents into different rooms.

Police said Moon and the others, who were not wearing masks but were dressed in all black, tased and beat at least one of the residents during the robbery. One victim later identified Porter by the blonde streak he had in his hair, police reports show.

Police said Moon and the others demanded the residents turn over cash and a gun.

The suspects were able to get away with $200 in cash along with a 9 mm handgun, records show.

Porter was booked into the Brevard County Jail Complex on April 6. Moon was arrested April 18, records show. The two could appear before a judge next month on the charges.