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719 - 19th Avenue N. E. - Lot 46
Joel German Roberto
719 - 19th Avenue N.E. - Lot 40
Second Degree Murder with a Firearm
Aggravated Assault with a Firearm
At approximately 11:45 p.m. on February 26, 2011, deputies were dispatched to a deceased person call at the above address. The defendant, Joel Roberto aka "Beto" was attending a birthday party with several individuals, at 719 - 19th Avenue N.E. Lot 53 in Ruskin. During this time, the defendant engaged in a verbal argument with victim, Jorge Juarez at which time, the victim slapped the defendant in the face. During the confrontation, the defendant pulled a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol from his waistband and fired one round in the air. During this time, a second victim (witness) asked the defendant what he was doing. In response, the defendant pointed the pistol at the victim (witness) and threatened to shoot him. Roberto then fled the area. Approximately 30 to 45 minutes later while the defendant and another witness were leaving the area on foot, victim Juarez was observed standing outside his residence, lot 46. During this time, the defendant re-engaged the victim in a verbal dispute and shot the victim multiple times in the upper and lower body. Following the shooting, Roberto and witness fled the area to 4414 Platt Road in Plant City where Roberto discharged the same pistol several times at different objects on the property. Patrol deputies responded to the Plant City address and took Roberto into custody for providing a false identification card and were booked into the Orient Road Jail.
The investigation into the homicide of Jorge Juarez continued and it was determined that the shell casings recovered at the homicide scene and the shell casings recovered at the scene on Platt Road were the same caliber (9mm) and same brand (RWS). Post Miranda, the defendant admitted, to possessing a 9 mm semi automatic pistol, shooting the same pistol in the air during an argument with Juarez, and pointing the pistol at the other victim (witness).
The victim's death was ruled a homicide by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiners Office with the cause of death being "gunshot wounds of torso with perforation of lungs, aorta, inferior vena cava, liver and stomach".
Charges of Second Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault with a Firearm were placed on Roberto today, March 1, 2011. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has also placed a hold on the suspect.