Attempted murder suspect video recorded attack

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Ocala, Florida — Marion County sheriff’s investigators say a man who brutally beat a man and left him for dead, video recorded the attack with a cell phone.

When MCSO deputies found the victim, he was unconscious and bleeding in a ditch. The man had suffered extensive injuries.

The victim, Salvador Miguel Covarrubias-Hernandez, 28, is currently fighting for his life at a local hospital.

The beating took place on Monday in the 11200 block of Northwest 20th Street.

Initially, Detective Aaron Levy arrested the suspect, Kenny Moreno Martinez, 26, on aggravated assault charges, but when the detective received the video via e-mail, the charges were upgraded to attempted murder.

The video shows Covarrubias-Hernandez lying prone in a ditch with blood covering his face. At one point, he was looking up at the camera as he was trying to protect his face with his hands.

Martinez can be seen in the video stomping on the victim’s head with his left foot. Martinez then retrieved a 12×12 paving stone and threw it at the victim’s head and body multiple times. During the attack, the victim fell unconscious.

Crime scene investigators were able to recover the paving stone from the scene.

According to reports, Martinez had multiple opportunities to cease attack on Covarrubias-Hernandez. Instead, after each throw of the stone, Martinez would yell at the victim in Spanish and throw the stone again.

Martinez told the victim, “I hope you die.” He also kept repeating to the victim, “You thought you would make it away from here?”

Levy reported that the attacked appears to have been revenge for something that happened in the past.

Investigators have not yet to determine what happened that led up to the attack.

Martinez video recorded the attack himself.

Several individuals, who cannot be named, told Levy that they are afraid of Martinez and would fear for their safety if he were to be released from jail.

Martinez has been in and out of jail since he was a juvenile. He has been arrested for Domestic Battery, Possession of Marijuana, Driving while License Suspended, DUI, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Violation of Probation, Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Woman, and Kidnapping.

During questioning, Martinez told the detective that he never hit the victim with any objects. He told investigators that he beat the man in self defense.

Martinez is currently being held at the Marion County Jail without bond.

His next court date is slated for August 23, 2016.

Covarrubias-Hernandez suffered multiple skull fractures, broken ribs, and a head wound that required 18 staples.