Monday, May 21, 2018
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Tampa Police issue warrant for fourth man wanted in violent attack near MacDill

TAMPA — Police are searching for the fourth man accused of violently mugging Army Sgt. Johnny Aparicio on May 13 in an attack that was caught on camera and triggered an outpouring of national sympathy.

A warrant was issued for Brandon J. Miller, 18, who police said is the last of the four teens accused of stealing Aparicio's cell phone and wallet after repeatedly punching and kicking the sergeant.

Tampa police had previously arrested Geroshe Lewis, Lerome Howard and Jared Richardson in the aggravated battery and robbery at 3 a.m. on May 13.

Aparicio had been assigned to MacDill Air Force Base about three weeks before the attack. It happened after his car broke down on Iowa Avenue and was caught on surveillance video near Renellie Drive.

Aparicio appeared in court Thursday for a hearing to determine whether one of three 18-year-olds arrested in the robbery would be released on bail. The hearing was canceled after the Public Defender's Office decided not to seek his release.

The soldier told the Tampa Bay Times he was grateful for the outpouring of support and was doing better, physically, but declined to elaborate or discuss the attack.

Anyone with information as to Miller's whereabouts has been asked to contact Tampa police at (813) 394-9053.

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

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