Bouncer Accused of Killing Three Outside Florida Bar After Prank

Tuesday, 04 Jun 2013 08:55 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Authorities charged a 31-year-old Florida bouncer with three counts of first-degree murder after police said he shot three co-workers as revenge after being embarrassed in a prank caught on video.

Andrew Joseph "Punchy" Lobban was being held without bond for the incident that happened in the early morning hours Sunday outside AJ's bar in downtown Ocala. The victims were identified as Josue "Sway" Santiago, 25, of Ocala; Benjamin Larz Howard, 23; of Belleview; and Jerry Lamar Bynes Jr., 20, of Ocala.

"Senseless is what it is," Howard's uncle Clinton Clark told WKMG-TV.  "And if the boy had thought about it, he could have confronted them and said 'don't be playing the video, I'm tired of it,' instead of taking somebody's life. He ruined his own life at the same time."

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According to police and an arrest affidavit, Lobban admitted to the shootings. He was being held without bail on Sunday after being arrested just before noon on Sunday.

Lobban told investigators that he only intended to shoot Santiago, but he shot Howard and Bynes by accident. He told police he was upset that he had been "punked" in a videotaped incident that occurred within the past couple of weeks, Ocala Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Angy Scroble said.

Lobban went to a local shooting range with one of the victims, likely Santiago, said Scroble. At some point during that visit Lobban tried to fire a gun and it misfired, she said. Lobban told police he became angry when a video of the incident was shared with the victims and he was teased about it.

Lobban and the victims worked together as bouncers at the Ocala Entertainment Complex, a nightclub known as OEC. It is owned by Ocala businessman Bobby Tillander. Tillander's daughter Amanda owns AJ's.

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Each victim was shot once in the head, with Santiago and Bynes, whose nickname was Junior, sustaining fatal wounds to the back of the skull, the affidavit states. All four men were together Saturday night at AJ's. Police said they do not believe the men were working at the time.

They were apparently part of a larger group that had just left to go to another bar. Witnesses reported there was no confrontation between Lobban and the victims until the shots were fired outside the establishment about 12:43 a.m.

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