2 Arrested in MacDill AFB Soldier Attack

By: CBS News; AP
By: CBS News; AP

2 Arrested in MacDill AFB Soldier Attack

Tampa, FL (AP) - Two people have been arrested in connection with the attack on a soldier at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.

Jail records show 18-year-olds Geroshe Lewis and Lerome Howard were charged Friday with aggravated battery and robbery. Police are still searching for two other suspects.

Police say Johnny Aparicio's car broke down last Saturday. As Aparacio walked, a nearby surveillance camera captured the image of a man running up to hand punch him. Two others joined in the attack; a fourth man ran up and kicked Aparicio in the face.

The four suspects took Aparicio's wallet and cell phone. Aparicio staggered to a nearby home to call police. He received facial injuries.

The reward for the arrest of his attackers has grown to more than $16,000.


2 Arrested in Beating Robbery of Airman

Tampa, FL -- May 18, 2012 --

Two people have been charged in connection with the beating and robbery of an Army sergeant stationed in Tampa.

The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/JYEjrQ ) reports 24-year-old Johnny Aparicio was approached by a group of men on Sunday. One of them asked for a dollar and then the men began to attack him.

The suspects took Aparicio's cell phone and wallet. He was able to walk to a nearby house for help. Police say he suffered severe facial injuries.

Two arrests were made in the case Friday. Their identities were not released, though authorities say one is 18 and the other is a minor.

Aparicio is assigned to U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base.


VIDEO: Florida Airman Brutally Beaten in Tampa

Tampa, Florida - May 16, 2012 - Noon

A U.S. airman is brutally beaten and it was caught on surveillance cameras.

The attack happens in a matter of seconds, as the young man struggling on the ground is beaten at the hands of four unidentified men. The 24-year-old is beaten so severely that he can't even stand up when the agonizing attack is finished and the men run away.

The victim has only been in Tampa less than a month.

It happened in a South Tampa neighborhood around 3:00 on Sunday morning as Johnny Aparico was walking home.
He eventually made his way to a nearby home, begging a woman to call 911.

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  • by Hoorah on May 20, 2012 at 05:18 AM
    I think all four of these men should be taken to a base for some "fun time" with some other marines! I bet they would have them beggin for their mommas! Bunch of degenerates........
  • by Dan Location: St. Pete on May 19, 2012 at 07:15 PM
    This should be considered as a hate crime, but leave to the media to protray this as what??? A robbery???? Where is Jessie Jackson and AL Sharpon now they should be marching, preaching to clean the streets up and fight crime!!!
  • by Bill Location: Tampa on May 19, 2012 at 07:05 PM
    A big thanks to the Tampa PD that caught the vicious criminals. The judge better through the book at these 4 people the have no regards for human life. They should get the death penalty so society does not have worry about these people ever again.
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2012 at 03:16 PM
    Death penalty.
  • by Pointless on May 19, 2012 at 01:27 PM
    Betcha ten bucks they get a plea deal; 3 months probation and a full ride scholarship at FAMU.
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      by Hammer on May 22, 2012 at 03:00 PM in reply to Pointless
      I bet they will be playing for Jim Bo Fisher's Criminoles.
  • by Fed up Location: Tlly on May 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM
    Not a hate crime, when it is blacks beating down whites in the street. Al and Jesse quiet. Guess Jesse busy having sex in the luxury hotels and having the tag aloong clean up after him, before the hotel maids find traces. Have you all heard about that, or not interested, causing it is the ah Rev Jackson??
  • by dog Location: gone on May 19, 2012 at 06:18 AM
    When is the Justice Dept. going to go after the THUG'S ? Will there be a Special Prosecutor for this ? Will Crump represent the Victim or the THUG'S ? Where is all the Outrage in the "community" ?
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      by Anonymous on May 19, 2012 at 09:53 AM in reply to dog
      Man, can't you see that Mr. Holder is busy right now? And crump don't seem all that competent when cnn and nbc are not helping him out.
  • by Retired Air Force Location: Ga on May 19, 2012 at 02:44 AM
    Was this an Airman or was the individual in the Army? This is very disrespectful to those in the military not to know which branch. Please get this straight now and in future articles.
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      by Black flag on May 19, 2012 at 09:06 AM in reply to Retired Air Force
      It really doesn't matter which branch of the military he's in because he was in civilian clothes and not on base.
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        by Chad on May 19, 2012 at 02:22 PM in reply to Black flag
        They had no business touching the man period.
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      by roger on May 20, 2012 at 08:38 AM in reply to Retired Air Force
      the media is with the imposter in the White House so they are just 'corpse-man'....no respect The media and the jerk in the White House are like one; ignorant stupid and not respecting of our men and women in uniform..
  • by Betty on May 18, 2012 at 09:48 PM
    They better arrest these 2 on HATE CRIMES. And all the rest of the blacks who are terrorizing the whites for no good reason. The FBI is going after George Zimmerman for a HATE CRIME, and he was just protecting himself when Trayvon Martin was reaching for the gun in his belt, after Trayvon Martin who is NOT 5'6" TALL AND WEIGHS 110 POUNDS (as most papers are portraying him still)...HE IS 6'2" AND WEIGHS 180 POUNDS AND PLAYED FOOTBALL!...
  • by REALLY??? on May 18, 2012 at 08:08 PM
    Is this gonna be a hate crime....oh wait, no, it is black on white(any one else).... beat the living Sh*t out of them, the only thing thugs and gangsta's understand. Come on white's, we are the new minority, it is our turn to hoop and holler, march and demand all things free.
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      by Betty on May 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM in reply to REALLY???
      Yep, we need to make them work 2 jobs, maybe 3 to work for "the man" and pay taxes out the ying yang. And we will set on our porches and rock in our rockers. Get our nails done. There was a piece in a paper today: "Purse Stolen from Woman at Residence: A woman noticed her purse missing. The woman said car was locked. Purse was valued at $400, her wallet valued at $200, and she had $800 cash in her purse, according to police report. Also missing were the woman's food stamp cards."
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