BRADENTON -- A fourth suspect has been arrested in the shooting death of 27-year-old farm worker Ervin Perez-Perez on Oct. 22, according to Bradenton police.
Laderrian D. Frazier, 24, was arrested about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to a news release. Frazier was hiding in an attic of an apartment at the Mira-Lagos Apartments, in the 300 block of 34th Avenue Drive East.
Deputies with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office's warrants squad arrested Frazier after someone called Manatee County Crime Stoppers with a tip, police said.
"The guys did some good old fashion detective work," Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski said.
An arrest warrant had been issued for Frazier, charging him with being a principal to first degree murder, police said Monday.
On the night of his death, Perez had left a 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, police 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 a Chevrolet Impala open- ed fire on the Explorer, killing Perez, the report said.
An estimated 17 rounds were shot from a handgun, according to Capt. Warren Merriman III of the Bradenton Police Department. Perez died at the scene.
Already under arrest in connection with the shooting is John Tyson Jr., 25, of Bradenton, who turned himself into the Bradenton Police Department on Wednesday and has been “cooperative” with law enforcement about the shooting, Merriman said.
Tyson has been charged with being a principal in the first-degree murder case and is in Manatee County jail on a $1 million bond.
Also charged and in custody are Travin Martin Jr., 23, of Bradenton, and Charles Brown, 25, of Palmetto, who were arrested Oct. 22.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Kevin Bunch at 941-932-9300, ext. 380.
Or 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.