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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