Arrest made in attempted murder of security officer near Tampa

TAMPA — A Tampa man already in custody on a murder charge was also accused Thursday of shooting and wounding a security officer in November.

Ricardo Carmenate, 26, was arrested on one count of attempted first-degree murder with a firearm.

Hillsborough County sheriff detectives said that through a witness and forensic evidence they were able to tie him to the Nov. 24 shooting of security officer Ammar Al Nueimy.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Al Nueimy was patrolling Royal Oaks Apartments at 7307 Casitas Court around 10 p.m. that day when he saw two men on the property. When he confronted them, one pulled a gun and shot him twice, then fled.

The shooting took place outside a building where a mother was watching a Christmas movie with her two children, and a bullet went into her apartment. Al Nueimy, a 51-year-old, was hospitalized.

In December, Carmenate was arrested in connection with the murder of Jose Javier Roque-Apaulaza. On Dec. 21, deputies found the body of Roque-Apaulaza, 20, in a parking lot at 8830 Beacon Lakes Drive.

Detectives said the two were conducting a drug transaction when Carmenate pulled a gun and shot Roque-Apaulaza. Five days later, Carmenate was arrested at his home and booked into the Orient Road jail with no bail, where he remains.

According to records, Carmenate had also been arrested in September on charges of domestic violence battery and tampering with a witness.

Arrest made in attempted murder of security officer near Tampa 02/13/14 [Last modified: Thursday, February 13, 2014 11:51pm]

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