Dad of boy accused of college capturing risk says sheriff ‘crucified’ son for political achieve

The father of 10-year-old Florida boy accused of threatening to shoot up his school insists an overzealous sheriff falsely “crucified” his son for political achieve within the wake of the Uvalde bloodbath.

Dereck Marquez blasted native legislation enforcement after his fifth-grade son, Daniel, was handcuffed on May 28 for allegedly threatening to hold out a mass capturing at Patriot Elementary School in Cape Coral.

“He mainly simply crucified my son as a result of he needed his personal quarter-hour of fame after the Uvalde tragedy,” Marquez informed The Post, referring to final month’s faculty capturing in Texas — and the way his son was arrested 4 days later.

“He needed to make use of that tragedy for his personal political achieve and I believe that’s sick. That’s a sick factor to do as an grownup who ought to know higher.”

Marquez, a 35-year-old US Army veteran now working as an actual property agent, believes Lee County Sheriff Lee Marceno was seizing a possibility to get his personal face in entrance of cameras and give interviews to outlets worldwide.

“The sheriff noticed a brand new story and noticed the potential for utilizing my son to get on the information as nicely,” Marquez stated. “The second that he noticed there might be a correlation or there might be one thing there, he took it and ran with it.”

Dereck Marquez claims native police arrested his son for “political achieve” within the wake of the Texas capturing.
Facebook/Lee County Sheriff

Marceno, whose bills himself as “Florida’s Law and Order Sheriff,” defended his actions in an announcement to The Post on Friday.

“As sheriff, the protection and safety of our college students and colleges in Lee County has been my high precedence,” he stated. “We act instantly to research any and all threats in opposition to our college students or colleges.”

Deputies and detectives in Lee County implement legal guidelines with out “worry or favor,” Marceno continued.

Patriot Elementary School.

Daniel Marquez allegedly threatened to hold out a mass capturing at Patriot Elementary School.
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“These extremely educated professionals carried out, as they all the time do, an entire and thorough investigation that resulted on this arrest,” the sheriff stated.

Marceno’s workplace posted video to Facebook in late May displaying Daniel – clad in blue Crocs and camouflage jacket — being led to an awaiting police automobile whereas handcuffed. Marceno on the time blasted the 4-foot-11, 103-pound boy as a “delinquent” whereas noting the slaughter in Uvalde simply 4 days earlier.

“It’s not humorous,” Marceno said in a May 28 statement. “This little one made a faux risk, and now he’s experiencing actual penalties.”

Daniel Issac Marquez.
Daniel Marquez was handcuffed on May 28 for his alleged risk.
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Daniel allegedly despatched a buddy a textual content message saying he “scammed” one other buddy out of a big sum of cash, together with an image purporting to be the alleged money, which was actually only a Google inventory picture. Seconds later, Daniel stated he “purchased this” together with one other Google picture of “4 AR fashion rifles,” in line with an arrest report.

Daniel’s remaining message to his buddy allegedly learn, “Get prepared for water day” – a reference to an upcoming school-sponsored occasion by which college students take part in water actions.

Letitia Kim, director of the authorized community on the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism, a New York-based nonprofit group supporting Marquez and Daniel, stated the alleged risk was a “whole fabrication.”

“The officers on the scene knew this was a Google inventory picture,” Kim informed The Post on Friday. “They knew it was not {a photograph} that Daniel had personally taken of firearms in his possession. And if that they had completed any investigation, equivalent to going into the home, they might have seen that Daniel had no entry to firearms of any variety.”

Daniel’s father, in the meantime, took concern with Marceno releasing video of his son’s face previous to his preliminary look earlier than a decide on a felony cost of constructing a written risk to conduct a mass capturing.

Marquez insisted Daniel — an honor roll pupil and three-year Boy Scout who had by no means been in hassle previous to his arrest – nonetheless doesn’t perceive “why he obtained locked up for 2 photos” despatched to a buddy.

Dereck Marquez, is seen with his son Daniel, center, in an undated Facebook photo.
Dereck Marquez stated he doesn’t perceive “why [Daniel] obtained locked up for 2 photos” despatched to a buddy.
Facebook/Dereck Marquez

Marquez stated he “completely” believes practically three weeks in a juvenile detention facility traumatized Daniel, whose faculty 12 months ended final week. He’ll begin sixth grade within the fall at a brand new faculty, and can possible quickly begin seeing a counselor, in line with his dad.

“The entire expertise was exhausting on him,” Marquez stated. “It’s an expertise for a kid and it’s not a very good one.”

The Boy Scouts of America have additionally sidelined Daniel since his well-publicized arrest, Marquez stated.

Daniel Issac Marquez.
Daniel Marquez spent practically three weeks in a juvenile detention.
Facebook/Lee County Sheriff

“They’re nonetheless ready on what the state will do,” he stated.

Marquez has additionally acquired blowback from Daniel’s bust, together with a stranger’s e mail he posted on Facebook.

“Your son is a menace,” the message learn. “Maybe he doesn’t perceive the gravity of the scenario as a result of he had a horrible upbringing. It’s not a political ploy, your son made threats and he has to face penalties.”

Prosecutors early Monday didn’t file expenses in opposition to Daniel at his arraignment, which was rescheduled for July 11, his legal professional Douglas Molloy informed The Post. He had been anticipating to be taught whether or not prosecutors will probably be continuing within the case in opposition to him, Kim stated.

“We definitely would urge that this complete matter be dropped as a result of there is no such thing as a foundation for any expenses of any variety,” Kim stated Friday.

Bion Bartning, FAIR’s president, stated there was no justification for Monday’s delay.

“They didn’t file expenses, but in addition didn’t drop the case — which implies they nonetheless don’t want to show over proof for his or her false claims,” Bartning informed The Post Monday. “This leaves an harmless 10-year-old boy underneath ‘home arrest,’ and his household in limbo, unnecessarily.”

Ahead of Monday’s temporary courtroom look, Marquez stated his son’s arrest led to his face being “plastered throughout social media.”

“My son has been falsely accused, and he’s fully harmless … My son may’ve been your son, it may’ve been your daughter,” Marquez informed The Post. “Imagine the way you’d really feel.”



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