The man arrested by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the fatal shooting of a convenience store clerk in February was transported to the Flagler County Jail Saturday. Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Commander Bob Weber says 25-year old Joseph Frank Bova II of Bunnell was arrested on a First Degree Murder warrant Thursday in Boca Raton. According to the Sheriff’s Office website, Bova was booked into the Flagler County Jail at 4:21 Saturday afternoon after being transported from Palm Beach County.
Convenience store clerk Zuheily Rosado was shot “…execution style…” as she worked at the Mobile Mart gas station on State Route 100 near I-95 on February 21, according to the Sheriff’s Office (click here to view the original article posted by this writer). In investigating the case, surveillance video from the store that night also showed a man using the ATM machine inside the store “…several hours prior to the shooting”, and Commander Weber says detectives believe that man was Bova. Investigators also learned what the make and caliber of the gun was that was used in the shooting, and say they found that Bova purchased a similar handgun at a gun store in Daytona Beach last year. Then Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and Boca Raton Police Detectives discovered that Bova was living out of his car in Boca Raton.
Flagler County investigators along with Palm Beach County-area authorities obtained a search warrant for Bova’s car Monday, and the Sheriff’s Office says a handgun was located in the vehicle. When the gun was examined by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and compared to the shell casings found at the shooting scene in February, the FDLE told the Sheriff’s Office that the gun “…was a match to the weapon used in the homicide.”
Commander Weber says a warrant was then obtained for Bova’s arrest. Flagler Sheriff’s Detectives returned to Boca Raton where they, “…attempted to speak with [Bova] about the incident [but] Bova disclosed little information and later declined to speak further with investigators.” Bova was booked into the Palm Beach County Detention facility Thursday and held on no bond while awaiting return to Flagler County. He was transported to the Flagler County Jail Saturday.
Flagler County Sheriff James L. Manfre said, “Ms. Rosado’s death was both tragic and senseless. This man has forever changed the lives of Ms. Rosado’s children, her parents, other family members and friends. My hope is that the arrest of this man in connection with her death will allow Ms. Rosado’s family to move further along in the healing process.”
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