Saturday, June 23, 2018
Public safety

Fourth man accused in violent mugging of Army sergeant turns himself in

TAMPA — The fourth man accused of violently mugging Army Sgt. Johnny Aparicio in a May 13 attack that was caught on camera and triggered an outpouring of national sympathy turned himself in Tuesday.

Brandon J. Miller, 18, of Tampa was the last of four teens accused in the attack to be arrested.

When deputies booked him into the Orient Road Jail on Tuesday afternoon, Miller "was uncooperative" and "showed no remorse," officials said.

Tampa police had issued a warrant for Miller's arrest on Friday after they identified him as one of the men who stole Aparicio's cellphone and wallet after repeatedly punching and kicking the soldier about 3 a.m. May 13.

Police have also charged Geroshe Lewis, Lerome Howard and Jared Richardson in the aggravated battery and robbery case. Miller will face similar charges, police said.

Aparicio was new to the area when he was attacked. He had been assigned to MacDill Air Force Base about three weeks before the attack, which happened after his car broke down on Iowa Avenue. The robbery was caught on surveillance video near Renellie Drive.

Last week, the sergeant told the Tampa Bay Times that he was grateful for the outpouring of support. He has since physically recovered.

Marissa Lang can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3386.

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