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Second man faces murder charges in 2019 Tampa double-homicide

Two years ago a man and woman were found with fatal gunshot wounds at a car crash near Busch Gardens. Tampa police have announced two arrests in recent days.

TAMPA — For two years, the murders of a man and woman found with fatal gunshot wounds at the scene of a car crash went unsolved. But in recent days, Tampa police have made two arrests in the 2019 case.

The latest arrest is Kelvin Reynoso, 21, who faces two counts of murder and one count of armed robbery, Tampa police announced Saturday.

The Tampa man was arrested at the Hillsborough County jail, where he has been held since April 2020 on charges of tampering with an electronic monitoring device and violation of probation.

Kelvin Reynoso, 21, of Tampa, faces two counts of murder and one count of armed robbery in a 2019 double-shooting, according to Tampa police. This photo was taken after a 2020 arrest.
Kelvin Reynoso, 21, of Tampa, faces two counts of murder and one count of armed robbery in a 2019 double-shooting, according to Tampa police. This photo was taken after a 2020 arrest. [ Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office ]

The first arrest was made Thursday, when police said 27-year-old Garian Antonio Brown Jr. of Riverview was arrested on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and armed robbery. Both men are being held in the Hillsborough County jail without bail.

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The incident took place on Jan. 8, 2019. Officers investigated a report of a shooting just before 11 p.m. in the 8700 block of N Tangerine Place. Police found a Chevrolet Camaro that had crashed into a house near Busch Gardens.

The male driver suffered a gunshot to the head. A female passenger who had been thrown from the crash was found to have several gunshot wounds. Both died of their wounds.

Garian Antonio Brown Jr., 27, of Riverview, face a count of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and armed robbery in a January 2019 shooting, according to Tampa police.
Garian Antonio Brown Jr., 27, of Riverview, face a count of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and armed robbery in a January 2019 shooting, according to Tampa police. [ Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office ]

The names of the shooting victims have not been released by Tampa police, which invoked Marsy’s law, a state constitutional amendment designed to protect victims of crimes. The law took effect on Jan. 8, 2019, the day of the shooting. Under Marsy’s law, police agencies believe they can withhold information that was previously available under Florida’s public records law.

But the name of a man who was reported murdered during that time period was revealed by Temple Terrace police. The agency sought to seize nearly $400,000 in cash found in a motel room on Jan. 9, 2019 — hours after the shooting.

Related: Police find nearly $400,000 in a murder victim's hotel room. Temple Terrace wants to keep it.

A woman told a motel staffer that a guest, Omid Abdul Khaled, 27, was murdered earlier that morning, according to the forfeiture petition.

Temple Terrace police obtained a search warrant for his room and said they found $388,190 in cash, 18 pounds of marijuana and a stolen Glock pistol inside. A judge approved the cash seizure in June 2019.

Khaled has not been identified as the victim in the Jan. 8, 2019 shooting. But Tampa police told the Tampa Bay Times at the time, except for the double-shooting, it was not investigating any other homicides on Jan. 8 or Jan. 9 that year.

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