Man charged with shooting Titusville restaurant worker

Brandon Jerome Holmes arrested on several charges

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

TITUSVILLE, Fla. - A 31-year-old man has been arrested in the shooting a worker at a Titusville restaurant, police said.

Brandon Jerome Holmes, of Titusville, was arrested Tuesday on charges of attempted murder, robbery with a firearm, use of a weapon during the commission of a felony, principal in the first degree to robbery with a firearm and grand theft.

Titusville police said Holmes robbed China 1, at 1556 Harrison St. on July 13 and shot a worker before he left.

"It was a blatant disregard for human life. He turned around, shot him as he was leaving," Titusville police spokeswoman Amy Matthews said.

The owner survived the shooting but has not returned to work as he recovers from the injury.

Titusville police said surveillance video from inside the restaurant that showed a man entering the business with his gun drawn. According to police, the man threatened the worker while taking money from a cash register.

Police said Holmes has also been linked to an armed robbery on July 22 at the Quality Inn at 3655 Cheney Highway.
Holmes, a convicted felon, is being held in the Brevard County Jail without bond.

"I find you're an extreme danger to the community," Brevard County Judge Kelly Ingram said to Holmes Thursday during his initial court appearance.

"He's looking at a potential life sentence here given the nature of his charges, said assistant state attorney Gary Beatty.

Police credit Holmes' arrest to help from the public.

"People called in. The community reached out to us and we were able to follow up those leads," Matthews said. "This guy was a bad person and he's off the streets now. We're so happy that we got crime results."

Holmes is scheduled to return to court Oct. 10.

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