A convicted drug dealer is back in jail today on several weapons charges after Brevard County Sheriff’s deputies found a revolver in the restroom of the Waffle House that had been the site of a recent fatal shooting.
Oneal Bradley, 23, is being held without bond at the Brevard County Detention Center in Sharpes on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, violation of probation and driving while license suspended.
His next court date is Nov. 16.
Deputies on security detail at the Waffle House at 4465 W. King St. in west Cocoa saw a maroon Mercury turn into the parking lot without braking properly, nearly driving over the curb, a report said. They saw Bradley get out of the car, stagger into the Waffle House and order food, the report said.
One deputy reported seeing that Bradley’s eyes were bloodshot and found an open bottle of cognac on the passenger seat.
Bradley went to the restroom, then came out of the restaurant to ask deputies what was going on, the report said. They told him about the open container, and asked for a driver’s license when he told them it was suspended.
A records check showed it had been suspended since 2004. A warrants check showed that Bradley was on felony probation. Deputies issued citations for driving with a suspended license and having an open container of alcohol.
Remembering that Bradley had gone into the bathroom, one of the deputies went inside to check and came out with a revolver he’d found in the trash can. They put Bradley in cuffs and he told them he carried the weapon for protection because his cousin was involved in the Sept. 22 shooting, the report said.
Martorell Williams Jr., 16, was killed in that 3 a.m. shootout. Two 19-year-olds were injured. The parking lot was filled with about 300 people at the time.
Cocoa police immediately stepped up patrols after learning Williams was the fatal victim. His father is a convicted felon and suspect in several shooting incidents, police said.
Cocoa Police believe a shooting in early October was an act of retaliation.
Bradley also told police that he’d been receiving death threats.
He signed an affidavit acknowledging he understood his Miranda rights and was taken to the county jail. A subsequent criminal background check disclosed that he was a convicted felon on probation.
Court records show he was convicted in 2005 for possession of cocaine with intent to sell.
Deputies seized the car, the cognac, and a cardboard box suspected to contain base cocaine and a razor blade with cocaine residue that was sent to a crime lab for fingerprint analysis because the car didn’t belong to Bradley.
Other charges are pending the outcome of the fingerprint results.
Deputies also recovered an revolver and cartridges.