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Police name fourth suspect in street beating of MacDill soldier

TAMPA - Police detectives said they have identified the fourth suspect in the street beating of a soldier on an Interbay street. Police issued a warrant Friday for the arrest of Brandon Jakob Miller, 18, of 16023 Sharewood Drive, Tampa. Four men were seen attacking Sgt. Johnny Aparicio on May 13 on a surveillance video. Police previously arrested 18-year-olds Geroshe Lewis, Lerome Howard and Jared Richardson in the case. All three were charged with aggravated battery and robbery. Police said Miller will face similar charges.
Lewis is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail with no bail set. Bail had been set at $50,000, but a judge revoked that order Thursday. Howard was previously released on $15,000 bail. Richardson, who was also charged with possession of marijuana, was released on $5,000 bail. Aparicio, who is stationed with U.S. Central Command at MacDill, recently moved to the area. About 3:30 a.m. May 13, his car broke down and he was walking on Iowa Avenue, just east of West Shore Boulevard, when a group of men approached, police said. The men asked Aparicio for a dollar, then jumped him and began punching and kicking him. They took his cellphone and wallet and ran down Renellie Drive. Aparicio suffered a broken nose, and his tooth was knocked out, a police report states. Several private donors have put up more than $16,000 in reward money for information leading to arrests. Police said they are actively searching for Miller. Anyone who has information about Miller's whereabouts was asked to call (813) 394-9053.
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