Charges Filed in Case of Boy Killed July 4 in Caribe Hilton
SAN JUAN – The father of a 10-year-old boy killed on July Fourth by unknown suspects at the pool of the Caribe Hilton hotel in San Juan has been charged with illegal possession of a machine gun.
According to the information contained in the criminal complaint, on July 4, at approximately 9:40 p.m., a boy and two adult males, identified as José J. Romero Bonilla and J.C.G., were shot by an unidentified individual in the pool area of the hotel. The boy died from the wounds received during the shooting and Romero Bonilla and J.C.G. were taken to San Juan’s Centro Médico Hospital in critical condition.
As part of the evidence recovered from the pool area, police officers seized a blue mesh bag that contained what the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Puerto Rico, described as a “Glock machinegun, model 22, .40 caliber, with a machinegun conversion device” loaded with 16 rounds of .40-caliber ammunition.
In addition to the firearm, children’s clothing, adult clothing, approximately $540, Romero-Bonilla’s driver’s license, three Caribe Hilton room key cards, two cellphones, and other personal effects were found inside the bag. The bag was found in the area from where Romero-Bonilla fled at the time of the shooting.
No one has been charged with the actual shooting that scattered tourists and locals alike.
If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum statutory penalty of up to 10 years of imprisonment.
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