Suspect Sought: Homicide

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Jose BenitezMan Sought on Murder Charge

Polk County Sheriff's Office Homicide Detectives are searching for 31-year-old Jose Benitez--also known as "Rounel"--on a second degree murder charge in the 1998 shooting death of 47-year-old Tomas Martinez of Davenport.

Martinez was shot to death at approximately 2:33 a.m. on June 3, 1998, inside the Los Amigos Bar located at 2670 Highway 17-92 in Haines City. Following an investigation by Sheriff's Office Detective J.B. Williams, a warrant was issued today charging Benitez with the murder. Detectives are requesting assistance in locating Benitez. He is described as an Hispanic Male, 5'6, medium build with dark hair. His last known address was Davenport.

A reward of up to $1,000 may be awarded for information leading to the arrest or indictment of a suspect or suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Polk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS. Anonymity is Guaranteed!

July 9, 1999


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