Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Link to shell casings leads to charges in Ruskin killing

RUSKIN — Shell casings linked a man already in the Hillsborough County Jail to Saturday night's murder of a neighbor, authorities said Tuesday.

Joel German Roberto, 18, of 719 NE 19th Ave., Lot 40, in Ruskin was arrested Sunday afternoon and initially charged with possession of a false identification card, deputies said. He was accused of shooting a pistol at several objects Sunday at 4414 Platt Road in Plant City.

Investigators said Tuesday the shell casings found on that property match the brand and 9mm caliber of those used to shoot and kill 23-year-old Jorge Juarez after a birthday party on Saturday night.

Witnesses told deputies that Juarez and Roberto got into an argument outside Lot 53 in their mobile home park, and Juarez slapped Roberto in the face. Roberto then pulled a 9mm pistol from his waistband, fired a shot into the air and pointed the gun at a second person, according to the Sheriff's Office.

More than half an hour later, Roberto found Juarez standing outside his mobile home on Lot 46, confronted him and shot him in the upper and lower body, deputies said.

The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office said Juarez died of gunshot wounds, with perforation of his lungs, aorta, liver and stomach.

Roberto will be charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault with a firearm, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies said he admitted to possessing the pistol, firing the single shot into the air during the argument and pointing the gun at someone else.

Link to shell casings leads to charges in Ruskin killing 03/01/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 10:32pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. U.S. economy gathers steam in second quarter


    WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy revved up this spring after a weak start to the year, fueled by strong consumer spending. But the growth spurt still fell short of the optimistic goals President Donald Trump hopes to achieve through tax cuts and regulatory relief.

    A government report released Friday showed economic output picked up in the second quarter. 
[Associated Press file photo]
  2. What you need to know about Bucs training camp


    Bucs training camp is here.

    This morning was the first of 13 practices that are free and open to the general public, so we have all the details to answer your questions about where and when and so on.

    Dirk Koetter is nothing if not precise, with practices starting at 8:45 a.m. and running until 10:27. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  3. Fennelly: It's high time for Bucs to take Tampa Bay back


    TAMPA — Welcome to the proving ground.

    Bucs training camp begins today.

    Hard Knocks and flop sweat.

    Work and more work.

    "We have a lot to prove,'' wide receiver Mike Evans (13) says. "We're good on paper, but we've got to do it." [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  4. Old dog's lucky day: Video shows firefighters rescuing 12-year-old Shar-Pei mix from bay


    MIAMI BEACH — Junior spent Thursday night lounging on a pillow, too tired to move.

    Jose Ruiz takes a selfie with his dog named Junior after Junior was rescued from Biscayne Bay. [Photo courtesy of Jose Ruiz via Miami Herald]
  5. HomeTeam 100: Players 1-10


    When he's not holding things down on the O-line, Nicholas Petit-Frere is holding his own in the classroom with a 3.7 grade-point average. (Andres Leiva, Times)