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Suspect in slaying caught in Ocala

Published Oct. 16, 2005

A man suspected of killing a mentally ill man on Staten Island was arrested Sunday after New York police traced his call to a Burger King in Ocala. Philip Sarlo was still on the phone when Ocala police arrested him.

Sarlo is a suspect in the Jan. 22 death of James Zappalorti, who was stabbed to death on a Staten Island beach, allegedly by two men who thought he was a homosexual.

Sarlo had telephoned someone in New York Sunday, and that person notified police. When Sarlo called back 90 minutes later, officers were listening in, according to a New York police spokeswoman, Sgt. Mary Wrensen.

After Sarlo revealed where he was calling from, Ocala police were notified and made the arrest at the Burger King restaurant.

New York detectives plan to go to Ocala to take custody of Sarlo, 26. Another man, Michael Taylor, 20, previously was charged in the slaying of Zappalorti, 41.

The killing drew protests from civil rights and homosexual groups and vows from politicians that such crimes would not be tolerated. Zappalorti's parents have said he was not homosexual.

Man sought in California is arrested in Lecanto

INVERNESS _ Citrus sheriff's officers have caught a California man wanted on weapons and assault charges. John Robert Shoemaker, 28, was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Office Bar in Homosassa Springs, a news release said. Deputies, the canine unit and the department helicopter scoured woods near Lecanto searching for Shoemaker last Wednesday, the release said. An anonymous phone caller tipped officials to the man's whereabouts, the release said. Shoemaker was wanted on three active warrants for assault with a deadly weapon, an illegal weapons charge and burglary. Bail information was not available Monday night.