PHOENIX — ABC15 has been digging to find out more details on who Joshua Gonzalez is. He is the 20-year-old man accused of shooting and killing 10-year-old Summer Bell Brown last Wednesday afternoon during a road rage incident.
In juvenile court records, ABC15 found that Joshua Gonzalez first entered the criminal system when he criminally damaged Garfield Elementary School near 13th Street and Roosevelt Road in Phoenix. Gonzalez was to pay restitution in the amount of $254 for the damages to the school.
In May 2012, he was charged with violating his probation. On March 23, 2012 he was charged with assault with intent to provoke, when he got into a physical fight with a classmate from school. At this time, Gonzalez was 13 years old.
When Gonzalez was 14 years old he was enrolled at Thomas Edison Middle School in the 8th grade. Court documents show that while on probation, Gonzalez went ahead with criminally damaging his school with graffiti. At this time the probation officer wrote "Joshua has been compliant with probation. He has been in school and complied with all court orders. He completed an alcohol awareness and counseling services."
In July of 2015, Joshua, a minor was found to be in possession of a gun and was charged for firing the gun.
About one year later, in September of 2016, Joshua Gonzalez was released from probation early. His Parole Officer wrote, "Josh has done well on probation. He is coming up on one year in November. He is employed at this time. He is working at the same tree trimming company that his father has worked at for years. He has completed all sanctions imposed by the Court. The family agrees with the early release from probation. Josh has made significant changes in his life to better himself and his family."
Gonzalez was arrested last week and booked into jail on a charge of first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated assault in connection to Brown's death.