"We're coming for you," says TPD to 4th suspect | News
TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Police say they could be making an arrest of the fourth and final suspect in the case where an Army soldier was beaten and left to suffer in the street.
"We have some good and active leads and we're hoping to get a break in the next day or so," said Tampa Police Lt. Mary O'Connor.
For the fourth suspect out there: Your time is up, say cops.
There's one strong message from TPD. It's short and to the point, and it's directed specifically at the last man on the run right now. Lt. O'Connor told 10 News, "We're coming for you. Definitely, you are out there, you should turn yourself in now."
After arresting three teenagers in the now-nationally known surveillance video, police are looking for the last guy.
At the heart of this horrific beating case is Army Staff Sgt. Johnny Aparicio, based at MacDill, a young man minding his own business. He was walking home after his car broke down in South Tampa just over a week ago.
Little did Sgt. Aparicio know that the teenagers riding in an Impala, according to police, would beat the young soldier viciously and leave him in the street just a few blocks away from the prestigious Westshore Yacht Club.
"This is a very serious crime. They are not cooperating. There's one out there not in custody yet," said Lt. O'Connor.
The three men who are in custody are all 18 years old. They were seniors at Bay area high schools. The teenagers are Lerome Howard, Geroshe Lewis, and Jared Richardson.
Police say the teens did not have violent histories and had short criminal records. Their family members did not answer the door at their homes Monday afternoon.
Police say they've spoken extensively with Sgt. Aparicio. They say they still haven't found his wallet or cell phone. They also say that Sgt. Aparicio was happy to hear about the arrests.
"He's appreciative. I think he'll feel better when all four are in jail," said Lt. O'Connor.
Geroshe Lewis has a court appearance on Tuesday morning, where the state is expected to request that bond be denied. Lerome Howard is out on bond at this time.