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Suspect arrested in death of Tampa man found shot in car

SEFFNER — Hillsborough sheriff's deputies made an arrest Thursday afternoon in the death of a Tampa man found shot inside a vehicle near U.S. 92 and State Road 579.

Deputies said Juilo De La Torre, 54, of Tampa, went out to the area with a friend, Omar Portilla-Castro, 36, of Tampa, Thursday morning to party with a woman Portilla-Castro knew.

The woman brought a female friend along whose boyfriend, Isaiah Ridley, 23, of Seffner, asked her to set up a robbery, according to the sheriff's office.

When they arrived, a man came running out of the woods shooting at the driver's side of the car before robbing Portilla-Castro and a wounded De La Torre.

Deputies said both women witnessed the robbery, and Ridley's girlfriend said when she returned to the motel room they share, he said "I killed the dude."

Deputies found De La Torre's 2005 Chrysler 300 off an unnamed dirt road near Seffner Tire, 11521 E U.S. 92 at 3:26 a.m. Thursday after someone reported a gunshot disturbance.

Investigators found the victim's prescription bottle in Ridley's pocket and a gun in his motel room, the Sheriff's Office said.

He is charged with first degree murder and two counts of armed robbery with a firearm.

Times staff photographer Skip O'Rourke contributed to this report.

Suspect arrested in death of Tampa man found shot in car 05/06/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 6, 2010 10:19pm]
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