Last Monday, police in Palm Bay, Florida, arrested a guy with an extensive criminal record on suspicion of murder. According to Palm Bay Police Chief Mario Augello, on April 20 a 69-year-old Palm Bay resident was killed, and the suspect is identified as 31-year-old Justin Giambanco.
Giambanco was already a prisoner at the Brevard County Jail Complex on unrelated charges at the time of his arrest. According to the chief, police were called to the 2700 block of Palm Drive at around 7 p.m. on April 20 after reports of a body being discovered.
According to Augello, police arrived at the house in less than five minutes after receiving the call and swiftly discovered the body and evidence consistent with a homicidal death. Augello and his investigators were aided in their search for the suspect and more evidence by the Melbourne Police Department and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
“This 31-year-old suspect is pure evil,” Augello said. “He is a violent repeat offender that, while out on bond for a previous arrest, preyed on the citizens of Brevard County,” Augello said. “The suspect in this case is just another example of hour our current criminal justice system is failing to keep our community safe.”
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According to the chief, Giambanco has a total of 22 felony charges and 24 misdemeanor counts in his criminal history. Giambanco was arrested in 2017 on charges of shooting into an inhabited dwelling, aggravated assault, criminal mischief, and occupied burglary with battery.
Augello claimed Giambanco had a long history of criminal activity, had already spent two years in prison, was released, and promptly began breaching the terms of his parole. According to Augello, he violated them three more times until being charged with a violation in April 2021 and received a 53-month jail sentence.
Giambanco was freed from jail in October 2022, but just six days ago he was caught for assaulting a police officer and trespassing. The chief further mentioned that the suspect was freed from jail on April 16 and is now wanted for questioning in connection with a number of burglaries committed across the county.
“This murder could have been prevented had Giambanco served his full 53-month sentence back in April 2021,” Augello said. Second-degree murder with a firearm, false imprisonment, grand theft of a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon were all among the charges levied against Giambanco on Thursday. The murder inquiry is still ongoing.
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