Two arrested after shooting at Azteca

OKEECHOBEE — Two men were arrested after a shooting at the Azteca III on Northeast Park Street Saturday, Dec. 29, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Juan Carlos Ibarra Alcala, 25, U.S. 441 Southeast and Sandro Alberto Fernandez, 23, Northwest 82nd court, allegedly both went into the bar looking for trouble, according to the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office report.

Sandro Alberto Fernandez, 23

According to one witness, Alcala started a fight immediately after entering the bar by hitting another patron and pushing a girl. She continued, when Fernandez saw the fight, he pulled out a gun and started firing toward the ceiling. She said he then pointed the gun at her and another girl so they wouldn’t follow them as they were leaving, but she tried to follow them anyway to see where they were going. She said as they were going out the door, Alcala grabbed her chest and broke her necklace. She said she was very scared he would shoot her and wanted to press charges.

Fernandez fled in a red Chrysler heading north on Sixth Avenue, and OPD Officer Raul Marrero pursued him. Officer Marrero states Fernandez reached 100 MPH at one point in his flight, and eventually Fernandez was able to lose Officer Marrero. Several other officers joined in the search and he was found by OCSO Deputy Brian Cross on Northwest 35th Drive after he crashed his car in a drainage ditch. He was taken to Raulerson Hospital for treatment and then charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and three counts of criminal mischief. His bond was set at $105,000.

Alcala was found by Deputy Brian Cross and K-9 Magnum hiding on the south side of State Road 70 behind a guard rail directly across the highway from the bar. He was charged with resisting an officer without violence, and his bond was set at $1,000.

Cathy Womble is a staff writer for the Lake Okeechobee News.

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