$16,250 Reward Offered in Attack on MacDill Serviceman
A law firm, a local church and two private citizens have posted the reward money for information that leads to the arrest of suspects accused of violently robbing a soldier Sunday in South Tampa.
Update, 4:58 p.m.:
The reward money for the arrest and prosecution of suspects in Sunday's violent attack on a U.S. serviceman is now up to a total of $16,250, Tampa Police said Wednesay.
The law firm of Winters & Yonker is offering $10,000; Without Walls Church is offering $5,000; and citizens from Virginia ($1,000) and New Jersey ($250) have also put up rewards.
The victim, Johnny Aparicio, was released from the hospital, Tampa Police officials said Wednesday afternoon.
An area church is offering a $5,000 reward in the hopes of helping law enforcement find the men responsible for beating and robbing a U.S. serviceman Sunday in South Tampa.
Tampa Police say Johnny Aparicio, 24, was walking eastbound on Iowa Avenue near Renellie Drive South around 3:30 a.m. Sunday when the four suspects approached him and one asked him for a dollar.
"As he replied, three of the suspects began to hit him in the face and upper body causing him to fall to the ground," Tampa Police spokesperson Andrea Davis said in a media release.
Once on the ground, all four suspects hit and kicked the Aparicio. They went through his pockets and took his cell phone and wallet before fleeing south on Renellie Drive, according to police. The beating was captured on video.
Aparicio, a soldier assigned to U.S. Centcom at MacDill Air Force Base, had been in Tampa for less than a month and was walking home to his Interbay Boulevard apartment just a few blocks away when the beating occurred, ABC Action News reports.
Aparicio eventually got up following the attack and was able to knock on a neighbor's door and call police. He sustained facial injuries and was transported to a local hospital, where he was still hospitalized Wednesday afternoon.
The Without Walls Church has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading
to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects involved in the robbery.
Anyone with information is asked to please call the Tampa Police Department at 813-231-6130 or Crime Stoppers at 800-873-TIPS.