Date: December 2, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856 Pager

Driver in Drive-by Shooting at Latino Night Club Arrested

Polk County Sheriff's Homicide detectives arrested a Mulberry man on Tuesday, November 30, after their investigation revealed he drove the vehicle used in the drive-by shooting death at the Latino Night Club on September 11, 2004.

According to witnesses, the victim, Victor Trejo, was approaching the front doors of the club with several friends when a white car with tinted windows approached and came to a stop. The front-seat passenger then fired at least 7 rounds into the group of people. Trejo was struck in the head and killed instantly.

Investigation revealed the suspect vehicle belongs to Isaac Rosales, DOB 9/1/84, of 2805 Gordon Street in Mulberry. It is also a suspect vehicle in an April 2004 drive-by shooting in Mulberry, and several gang-related shootings that occurred in Hillsborough County in September 2004.

According to the arrest affidavit, Rosales was driving his white 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer through the parking lot of the club at 11:15 p.m. while front-seat passenger Noel Carbajal-Rosales, Isaac's cousin, fired the rounds into the group of people entering the club. The motive appears to be gang-related retaliation.

Rosales was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Polk County Jail Wednesday, December 1, 2004. He has been charged with Second Degree Murder with a Firearm, and Accessory to Second Degree Murder After the Fact. He is being held on no bond.

Noel Carbajal-Rosales has a warrant for his arrest for the April 2004 shooting, charging him with 2 counts Discharging a Firearm in Public, Aggravated Assault, and Exhibition of Dangerous Weapon. He is also wanted for questioning in the Latino Night Club shooting.  If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Carbajal-Rosales, please call Polk County Crimestoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS.

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