Saturday, April 21, 2018
Public safety

Warrant reveals more details in slaying of pregnant woman

CLEARWATER — Charles Groucho Allen, Jr., dropped off his daughter at a hair appointment on Dec. 17 and drove to a Largo house to smoke marijuana with Ernest Brown.

Brown suspected Allen was also high on other drugs besides marijuana, he later told police. Hours later, Allen asked him for a favor: Could he drive his Buick and pick up his daughter?

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Clearwater police: Paranoid man fired rifle, killing pregnant woman

The 12-year-old girl later told detectives she didn’t recognize the man behind the wheel, but saw her father in the backseat. As they approached her house, she heard Allen say "Mexicans were following him" and "he had something for them," according to court records obtained by the Tampa Bay Times.

They dropped the girl off. Moments later, Brown said he heard two to three gunshots ring out from the backseat.

"Go, go, go," Allen told him.

Allen was arrested last week on charges that he fired a rifle into a passing car, killing Elizabeth Rosado, 30, while the pregnant woman was riding with her family.

Allen, 40, faces two counts of first-degree murder. After his arrest last week, Clearwater police Chief Dan Slaughter said Allen was under the influence of drugs and acting paranoid. New details about the case were revealed in the arrest warrant, which came to light Wednesday.

Dec. 17 was a Sunday. The Rosados had picked up Elizabeth’s younger brother from St. Cecelia Catholic Church and were driving him home that evening.

Elizabeth Rosado’s husband Javier was driving while she rode in the passenger seat. Her brother and Javier Rosado’s 10-year-old daughter sat in the back.

The pregnant woman was shot in the head, police said, as they drove around Allen’s white Buick Lucerne, which had stopped in front of a speed bump on Woodlawn Street.

The warrant chronicles other details in the murder investigation:

The Rosado family told detectives that the shots came from a white sedan. An officer assigned to patrol the South Greenwood neighborhood for the past five years told detectives he’d seen a white car frequent a house on Woodlawn Street. Investigators spoke to Allen’s daughter about the car ride home after her hair appointment.

Hours after the shooting, Allen called Clearwater police and said he heard detectives wanted to question him. Allen told them he dropped his daughter off and then drove to St. Petersburg. No one else was in the car, he said.

He also let investigators search his 2007 Buick Lucerne. The car, a detective noted, "was remarkably clean and there appeared to be swipe marks on the interior of at least one window" that appeared to be cleaning streaks.

Allen also let detectives search his phone, where they found the name Gregory Burch. He told police he helped Allen clean his Buick and said Brown was with Allen on Dec. 17.

Police interviewed Brown on Dec. 21. He told them that after the shooting he was "in fear" and drove to the Largo house where he and Allen had hung out earlier in the day.

Brown told detectives he jumped out of the Buick, leaving the door open, and told Allen he had to get his wife and kids and "leave immediately," records state.

Police arrested Allen on Dec. 22. Burch declined to comment about his role in the case. Brown could not be reached for comment. The warrant does not reveal details about the rifle used in the shooting, including whether it has been found.

When asked if Burch or Brown could face any charges in connection with the shooting, Clearwater police spokesman Rob Shaw said detectives "continue to investigate all aspects of this case."

Rosado was 13 weeks pregnant. The couple didn’t know the gender of their child.

According to the warrant, a medical examiner confirmed it was a boy.

Contact Laura C. Morel at [email protected] Follow @lauracmorel.

Comments
New Port Richey Woman dies in single-car crash on SR 580

New Port Richey Woman dies in single-car crash on SR 580

A 49-year-old woman died early Saturday in a single-car crash on State Road 580.Kristin Carlin, of New Port Richey, was driving in the eastbound lanes of SR 580 when she failed to round a curve and veered off the road near Charles Avenue, a Clearwate...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Man with multiple gun arrests now accused of fatally shooting Durant High football player

Man with multiple gun arrests now accused of fatally shooting Durant High football player

The first time deputies arrested Samuel Morrissey Jr., he faced charges of possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed firearm. He plead no contest in September, and the judge gave him a break by withholding adjudication. Ten days later, the 20-...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Man who attacked woman and stole her shorts arrested, deputies say

Man who attacked woman and stole her shorts arrested, deputies say

Deputies arrested a man they said tackled a woman in February and removed her shorts before fleeing.Robert Mark Hembree Jr., 31, was arrested late Friday. He faces charges of sexual battery and petit theft.PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Detectives seek man who a...
Published: 04/21/18
Dade City man killed in early morning hit-and-run, police say

Dade City man killed in early morning hit-and-run, police say

A Pasco County man was struck and killed in an apparent hit-and-run early Saturday, police said.Thomas Michael Burdeshaw, 53, who lived on Sundance Drive in Dade City, was hit about 1:45 a.m. on the 36000 block of Blanton Road, police said.Witnesses ...
Published: 04/21/18
Police searching for person who shot a man to death in Largo

Police searching for person who shot a man to death in Largo

CLEARWATER — Police are looking for a person who shot and killed a man late Friday at the Melrose on the Bay apartments on Bolesta Road. Ricardo Guzman, 32, called 911 just before midnight and told the operator he had been shot, said Lt. Randall Chan...
Published: 04/21/18
Motorcyclist dies after crash on Memorial Highway

Motorcyclist dies after crash on Memorial Highway

TAMPA — A motorcyclist driving north on Memorial Highway died after he crashed into a guard rail late Friday, police said."The man failed to negotiate a curve in the road and struck a guard rail," said Lt. Brett Owen. "No other vehicle was involved i...
Published: 04/21/18
Cops used dead man’s finger in attempt to access his phone. It’s legal, but is it okay?

Cops used dead man’s finger in attempt to access his phone. It’s legal, but is it okay?

LARGO — Most people agree what the Largo detectives did at the funeral home was legal.What they diverge on is whether it was appropriate."I just felt so disrespected and violated," said Victoria Armstrong, whose fiance, Linus F. Phillip, was shot and...
Published: 04/20/18
Updated: 04/21/18
Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

Deputies: Woman in road rage incident targeted ... a school bus?

TAMPA — Deputies are searching for a woman accused of blocking a special needs school bus with her car, getting out and banging and kicking on the bus door until she broke the glass.And there were four children inside, deputies said, as she shouted a...
Published: 04/20/18
St. Pete police search for missing 20-year-old woman

St. Pete police search for missing 20-year-old woman

ST. PETERSBURG — Officers are searching for a 20-year-old woman who they believe to be missing and who could be in danger.Kayla Brandi Boone was last seen at about 11 p.m. Thursday in the 2700 block of Fourth Street S, according to St. Petersburg pol...
Published: 04/20/18

Deputies: 19-month-old child found in New Port Richey pond has died

NEW PORT RICHEY — The 19-month-old child that was found in a pond on Thursday afternoon has died, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.The incident took place at about 12:31 p.m. Deputies and firefighters were called out to a home in the 47...
Published: 04/20/18