March 27, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or
Suspect Arrested In
Sheriff's Office Homicide Detectives arrested a 27-year-old Frostproof man
early this morning (Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2002) and charged him with Second
Degree Murder for the Mar. 24, 2002, shooting death of Moises Castruita-Morales,
DOB 9/4/59, of 1221 Fort Meade Rd. in Frostproof.
Jose Luis Trinidad, (alias of Martimiano
Lopez) DOB 2/19/75, of 1221 Fort Meade Rd. in Frostproof, was
arrested at approximately 4 a.m. this morning at a residence located at
1900 West Frostproof Road. Detectives received information that the
suspect possibly was at this address, and arrested him without incident.
Detectives had been seeking the suspect, also known as Martimiano Lopez,
ever since he fled from the early morning shooting this weekend.
At around 12 a.m. on Sunday morning (Mar. 24), the suspect and the victim
- both residents of 1221 Fort Meade Rd. in Frostproof - got into an
altercation. Although detectives are not certain what the argument was
about, witnesses claim that the two men had disagreements in the past. The
argument turned deadly when the suspect shot his roommate multiple times
with a handgun, which detectives believe was a revolver. The suspect fled
from the scene at the time.
After being located and arrested, Trinidad was booked into the Polk County