SATELLITE BEACH, Florida -- The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three suspects in the vicious attack of a Satellite Beach teenager in his driveway just after 7 a.m. Thursday morning.
A 17-year-old male and 18-year-old Jessie Umberger, both of Satellite Beach, Florida, were arrested along with 18-year-old Rebecca Gotay of Indialantic, Florida. All three were taken into custody Friday morning after arrest warrants were issued. The three were charged with Attempted First Degree Premeditated Murder and are being held without bond.
The investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and Satellite Beach Police Department revealed that the attack was allegedly in retaliation for the theft of marijuana and smoking paraphernalia that belonged to the male juvenile and Umberger. Investigators say that the pair believed that the victim was responsible for the theft and had been planning to kill him for the past several weeks in retaliation.
Investigators determined that on Wednesday night the three met at a residence where the male juvenile and Umberger were staying. Investigators say that Gotay was to drive her vehicle to the area of the victim’s residence shortly before the victim would leave his residence for school. The male juvenile would then exit the vehicle, armed with a crowbar, and kill the victim.
|Rebecca Gotay. Brevard Jail image.|
Court records show that Gotay was arrested for possession of Xanax and amphetamines in December but the State Attorney Office dropped those charges.
The Sheriff's Office also added that earlier reports that the victim was shot are erroneous. The victim remains in critical condition.
Anyone with information about this Investigation is asked to please call Agent Nick Walker of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 321-633-8413 or CRIMELINE at 1-800- 423-TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential and callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward.