Suspect in fatal shooting of Bradenton ice cream man arrested in Hillsborough

Juan Ramirez
Juan Ramirez

BRADENTON -- A 30-year-old man suspected of gunning down a neighborhood ice cream man on Saturday has been arrested in Hillsborough County, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

Police had obtained an arrest warrant charging Juan Carlos Ramirez, 30, with second-degree murder and had since been searching for him.

At 5:52 p.m. Saturday, Ramirez shot Jose Luis Mendoza-Aguilar after an argument near the corner of 23rd Street East and Sixth Avenue Drive East, police said. Mendoza-Aguilar died a little more than five hours later at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.

Early Thursday morning, investigators with the Manatee County Homicide Investigative Unit and the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force found Ramirez in northern Hillsborough County. Ramirez is currently being held without bond at the Hillsborough County Jail waiting to be transported back to Manatee County to face the charges.

Anyone having information on this case can call Bradenton Police Detective James Curulla at 941-747-3011 ext. 2224, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers (toll free) at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS).

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.

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