Sunday, May 20, 2018
Public safety

Man sought in Easter morning murder arrested in Panhandle town

ST. PETERSBURG — The U.S. Marshals Service tracked down and arrested a St. Petersburg man wanted in connection with the death of a local woman on Easter morning.

John Curry IV, 22, was taken into custody on a first-degree murder warrant Wednesday in Blountstown, a town in the Panhandle. He is awaiting transport to the Pinellas County Jail.

"There were no issues," St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz said Friday. "He did not resist."

Curry is one of two men police said broke into a home at 4034 11th Ave. S in the early morning hours of April 8 and started shooting.

Tamika Lashond Mack, 24, and Tore V. Holley, 29, were shot multiple times, police said.

Mack, a mother of two young boys, had stopped by Holley's home after working at late shift at a nursing home.

Holley managed to escape to a neighbor's house to call for help. When officers arrived, they found Mack unresponsive. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she died.

Ray Tampa, Mack's uncle, said the family was elated to learn of Curry's arrest.

"I'm feeling great," Tampa said. "And I know that other family members are feeling good about the fact that someone is being held accountable for that tragic incident. ... How could you not feel comfort knowing someone is going to be held responsible?"

Curry was released from prison last year after serving time for drug-related charges, and police had considered him armed and dangerous.

Police are still investigating and had no details Friday about the second suspect.

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