Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa police search for armed suspect in slaying of 16-year-old

TAMPA — A 16-year-old died after he was shot during a robbery Sunday, and police are searching for the suspected gunman, a 19-year-old they say is armed.

Jamarie Lavon Hodges, 16, and a group of friends were on the 3900 block of E Ellicott Street when they got into a fight with another group of friends at about 5 p.m.

During the fight, one of Hodges' friends was robbed, police say. And as Hodges was trying to help him, police say, Jose Guillermo Torres-Melvis pulled out a gun and shot Hodges in the upper body.

Hodges was rushed to an area hospital, where he died of his injuries. It was not immediately clear what was stolen during the robbery.

Torres-Melvis is still at large, and authorities have a warrant for his arrest on a second-degree murder charge.

He has been arrested in Florida about 16 times, according to state records, most often on burglary and larceny charges. He also was charged once in 2008 with battery and twice with escaping confinement.

Police ask anyone with information to call the Tampa Police Department at (813) 231-6130.

Times news researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3433.

Tampa police search for armed suspect in slaying of 16-year-old 11/07/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 11:43pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Lightning edges Red Wings on road

    Lightning Strikes

    DETROIT — The digs were different, the Lightning seeing the masterfully-done new Little Caesar's Arena for the first time.

    Lightning center/Red Wings’ killer Tyler Johnson gets past defenseman Trevor Daley on his way to the first goal of the game.
  2. Armwood pulls away to defeat Plant 27-7, remain undefeated


    SEFFNER — First-year Armwood coach Evan Davis pulled out all the stops to get his team psyched for Monday's annual grudge match against Plant.

    Armwood defensive end Malcolm Lamar (97) gets fired up before the start of the game between Plant High School Panthers and the Armwood High School Hawks in Suffer, Fla. on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017.
  3. Clearwater police: Car thief dead after owner fires gun


    CLEARWATER — One man is dead after the owner of a car fired shots at the thieves who were stealing it Monday night, police said.

  4. Iraqi forces sweep into Kirkuk, checking Kurdish independence drive


    KIRKUK, Iraq — After weeks of threats and posturing, the Iraqi government began a military assault Monday to curb the independence drive by the nation's Kurdish minority, wresting oil fields and a contested city from separatists pushing to break away from Iraq.

    Iraqi security forces patrol Monday in Tuz Khormato, about 45 miles south of Kirkuk, a disputed city that the government seized in response to last month’s Kurdish vote for independence.
  5. Trump and McConnell strive for unity amid rising tensions


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, tried to convey a sense of harmony Monday after months of private feuding that threatened to undermine their party's legislative push in the coming weeks to enact a sweeping tax cut.

    President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell field questions Monday in the Rose Garden of the White House. “We have been friends for a long time,” Trump said.