Friday, May 25, 2018
Public safety

Few answers revealed as St. Petersburg police investigate double homicide

ST. PETERSBURG — The ambulance was long gone. The names of the deceased were made public. Two families were left to mourn, and police were left searching for answers after two people were fatally shot early Thursday morning.

Officers found Jacqueline Green and Ashland Jarrett shot multiple times while sitting in her 2017 white Toyota RAV4 outside her home at 6490 22nd St. S around 1:45 a.m., according to St. Petersburg police. She was in the driver's seat. He was in the front passenger seat.

Jarrett, 45, of Bradenton died at the scene after officers attempted to render first aid. Green, 48, was rushed to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where she was later pronounced dead.

The gunshots jolted Wallace Andrews awake just a few houses away. Andrews, 66, said he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder from his military service in Vietnam. At first, he thought the bullets were directed at his home.

Andrews leapt out of bed and peeked out his window. Then he checked on his daughter, who works the night shift and had just gotten home. He said she slept through the gunfire.

"I went outside and tried to figure out what the hell was going on," Andrews said. "But I couldn't see anything."

He went back inside and locked his doors. Officers came knocking minutes later. Andrews said he couldn't go back to sleep.

"Hard to sleep knowing there's something like this going on," he said, standing barefoot in his driveway Thursday afternoon as he watched the police hover around Green's house.

Police said the shooting was not random. But they did not release any other details about the investigation, including whether they have identified any suspects.

"This is an isolated incident and the public is not in any danger," St. Petersburg police spokesman Rick Shaw said.

Police said a witness saw someone run to a dark-colored Toyota Camry that sped away after the shooting, but they have not yet linked that information to the shooting.

Vicki Imbach, 51, said she has lived in the neighborhood for more than 30 years and that crime has gotten worse in the last 10.

But Imbach said she never expected this: "Having two people murdered, this is out of the ordinary."

Family and friends of the victims arrived at Green's home about 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Green's daughter spoke to police, then burst into tears. Her friends did not identify her and said she did not want to comment.

A dozen or so family and friends huddled on the lawn and around their cars, arms draped over one another's shoulders as they stared at the empty, pink stucco house.

Cars rolled past slowly, drivers craning their necks as they passed the long line of police vehicles. A few shook their heads as they drove by, exchanging shrugs and glances with neighbors.

Times staff writer Samantha Putterman contributed to this report.

 
Comments
Driver killed after colliding with dump truck in south Hillsborough

Driver killed after colliding with dump truck in south Hillsborough

WIMAUMA — A 30-year-old man died on Thursday after his sedan crashed head-on into a dump truck, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The crash took place at about 6 p.m. on U.S. 301 near Lightfood Road.Gerardo Yslas of Immokalee was driving a 2012...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Police: Toddler injured in Bayshore racing incident has died

Police: Toddler injured in Bayshore racing incident has died

TAMPA — The 21-month-old toddler who was critically injured Wednesday when she and her mother were struck by a car racing on Bayshore Boulevard has died.The child, Lillia Raubenolt, was pronounced dead at the hospital on Thursday, police said.PREVIOU...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Bayshore race claims two lives: child dies day after mother’s death

Bayshore race claims two lives: child dies day after mother’s death

TAMPA — Jessica Raubenolt seized on the sunshine and blue sky at midday Wednesday to take her daughter out in the stroller for a walk along scenic Bayshore Boulevard. Visiting from Ohio, the family had been cursed by rain all week.At the same time, C...
Updated: 8 hours ago
One day after fatal accident, Tampa moves to lower speed limit on Bayshore Blvd

One day after fatal accident, Tampa moves to lower speed limit on Bayshore Blvd

TAMPA — City officials announced Thursday they are reducing the speed limit on Bayshore Boulevard, one day after a mother and her 21-month-old daughter were struck and fatally injured by a speeding car as they crossed the street.Starting today , city...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Pasco sheriff: Man stabbed driver, kicked officer

Pasco sheriff: Man stabbed driver, kicked officer

DADE CITY — A 42-year-old man was arrested Tuesday night after the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said he jumped on top of a car, stabbed the driver multiple times and then kicked an officer.Roscoe James faces charges of attempted murder, two counts o...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Three men charged with street racing in Bayshore Boulevard crash are recent graduates of Tampa Catholic High School

Three men charged with street racing in Bayshore Boulevard crash are recent graduates of Tampa Catholic High School

TAMPA— The Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg confirmed Thursday that the three men involved in the Bayshore Boulevard crash that killed an Ohio mother and critically injured her 21-month-old daughter are recent graduates of Tampa Catholic High Schoo...
Published: 05/24/18
GoFundMe page for woman killed on Bayshore has raised more than 10 times its goal

GoFundMe page for woman killed on Bayshore has raised more than 10 times its goal

TAMPA — Friends were hoping to use GoFundMe to raise $2,000 for the family of Jessica Raubenolt, who was struck and killed Wednesday while pushing her 21-month-old daughter in a stroller across Bayshore Boulevard.As of Thursday morning, more than $20...
Published: 05/24/18
Three arrested for street racing after mother fatally struck pushing stroller on Bayshore Boulevard

Three arrested for street racing after mother fatally struck pushing stroller on Bayshore Boulevard

TAMPA — The two cars raced each other along Bayshore Boulevard just before noon, witnesses told police. One was a black 2018 Mustang. The other a gold Nissan. They sped side-by-side, trading the lead, police said, despite the traffic and pedestrians ...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Clearwater deputy fire chief resigns as report on sick leave abuse is released

Clearwater deputy fire chief resigns as report on sick leave abuse is released

CLEARWATER — A months-long probe into abuse of sick leave within the fire department concluded this week with the resignation of a deputy chief and the release of an internal review.The city paid $93,816 in unearned or unauthorized sick time, benefit...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/24/18
Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

Son tells NC police he found dog leash around neck of strangled Hillsborough developer Bill Bishop

After a prominent Hillsborough County developer died last month in North Carolina, word spread it was a heart attack that claimed his life.But records from that state show the death of William "Bill" Bishop was much more complicated.His 16-year-old s...
Published: 05/23/18
Updated: 05/24/18