Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 14-318 (07-225)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • August 22, 2014
    • Contact Person:
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    Fugitive in a 2007 Murder Case Has Been Arrested

    Rick Joseph has been arrested and brought back to Hillsborough County.
    • Thursday
    • August 21, 2014
    • Time: 12:00 PM
    • Hillsborough County

    Victims:

    Marcus D. Johnson (fatality)
    DOB: 9-12-89
    13705 N. 21 Street, Apt. 6
    Tampa, FL

    Marcus Edwards (minor injury)
    DOB: 9-16-87
    120 E. Logarto Circle, Apt. D117
    Tampa, FL

    Suspect:


    Rick Elise Joseph
    DOB: 07-10-86

    Charge: 2nd Degree Murder

    Details:

    On May 3, 2007 at approximately 5:16 p.m., deputies were called to Cedar Trace Apartments reference a shooting. Deputies discovered two victims, 16 year old Marcus Johnson suffered a gun shot wound to the upper torso and 18 year old Marcus Edwards had a superficial wound. Johnson was transported to University Community Hospital where he expired. Marcus Edwards was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital where he was treated and released. According to Marcus Edwards, he was in the parking lot of the apartment complex with Marcus Johnson when a group of approximately 6 – 8 black males all wearing dark clothing approached them and one of the suspects fired shots striking Johnson in the upper torso and grazing him in the chest area.

    HCSO fugitive cold case detectives never forgot about the murder suspect on the run for seven years. Detectives utilized social media, public and investigative databases and old fashioned police work to construct a possible location for this fugitive: a six block radius in Brooklyn, N.Y. where the fugitive and his associates could be. U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force members in New York set up  surveillance on the six blocks, and within a week Rick Joseph was in handcuffs.

    HCSO picked up Joseph in New York and brought back him back to Hillsborough County on August 21, 2014.
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