BRADENTON -- A third person has been charged in the slaying of Ervin Perez, a 27-year-old migrant worker who was shot and killed Saturday morning, according to the Bradenton Police Department.
John Tyson Jr., 25, of Bradenton, turned himself into the Bradenton Police Department at about 6 p.m. Wednesday and has been “cooperative” with law enforcement about the shooting, said Capt. Warren Merriman III.
Tyson Jr. has been charged with principle in the first degree to murder and is currently in Manatee County jail on a $1 million bond.
Also charged in this case are Travin Martin Jr., 23, of Bradenton, and Charles Brown, 25, of Palmetto, who were arrested Saturday after they ran a traffic sign in the 1300 block of 27th Street East.
The total time between the first arrests and the killing was about 16 hours, according to Merriman, who said community involvement played a role in the arrests.
“Our detectives went out in the community and asked for their help in finding Mr. Tyson and that information was relayed back to Mr. Tyson and resulted in him voluntarily turning himself into the police department,” Merriman said Wednesday night.
Surveillance video from nearby businesses were used to identify the gray Chevrolet Impala that Martin Jr. and Brown were in at the time of their arrest.
“The biggest thing that stands out in this case is that residents from the community were willing to come to us with video,” Merriman said in a previous interview with the Herald. “We have been doing community policing in our area and I think that has developed trust.”
On the night of his death, Perez had left his friend’s home in a trailer park in the 700 block of 21st Street West at about 4 a.m. and had trouble finding his way out of the neighborhood. He returned to the home to have his friend help him with directions, the report said.
The friend got into Perez’s red Ford Explorer as another friend waited on the side of the road.
After getting directions, Perez stopped the vehicle to let the passenger out.
That’s when someone in the Impala opened fire on the Explorer, killing Perez, the report said.
An estimated 17 rounds sprayed from the handgun, according to Merriman. Perez died at the scene.
The victim’s friends were not injured.
After his arrest, Brown told investigators that he and his friends were angry with Perez for his driving, an arrest report said.
Tyson Jr., Martin Jr. and Brown are convicted felons, according to Manatee County Court records.
Tyson Jr. was sentenced to two months in Manatee County jail in 2009 on charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle, court records show. He was arrested in December 2010 for armed robbery and aggravated battery, but the charges were later dropped, according to court records.
Martin Jr. was arrested and charged with first-degree aggravated battery with a deadly weapon in 2005 and was convicted and sentenced to four years in state prison, court records show.
Martin Jr. was also arrested in January 2011 for robbery with a firearm and faced life in prison, according to court records. But prosecutors dropped the case against him, according to court records.
In 2008, Brown was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and, in 2009, was sentenced to three years in state prison, according to court records.
In the Perez slaying, Brown’s charges include murder, not premeditated, and five counts of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, according to the jail website. He is currently in Manatee County jail without bond.
Martin Jr. has been charged with principle in the first degree to murder, two counts of attempted murder while engaged in a felony offense, five counts of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon and one count of possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon, according to the jail website. He is also being held without bond.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Kevin Bunch at (941) 932-9300, ext. 380.
Or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers (866) 634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip through the web at www.manateecrime stoppers.com.