Stolen watch help police break Boca murder case
Police say stolen watch helps break case of slain Boca Raton bartender
A $20,000 watch helped lead police to three suspects in the Jan. 4 killing of a popular Boca Raton bartender.
Boca Raton police on Monday announced three arrests in the death of Rafael Rodriguez. He was shot by a suspect during a closing time robbery of Josephine's restaurant, which is owned by his girlfriend, Josephine Tribunella. The suspects took her Chopard watch that night. Rodriguez died a short time later at a hospital.
The Palm Beach Post the three men — 29-year-old Adalberto Junior Montalvo, 26-year-old Quinton Redell Sylvestre and 28-year-old Samuel Magic Walker — face first-degree murder and robbery charges. They are being held with no bail in the Palm Beach County Jail. Police said they are searching for one more suspect.
The suspected entered the Italian restaurant about 10 p.m. and ordered Tribunella, restaurant employees and the remaining patrons onto the floor, police said. They also took wallets, cell phones and other jewelry from the group. As they were leaving, police said, Rodriguez exchanged words with Walker and he was shot once.
Police went to area jewelry stores, asking about the Chopard watch. They eventually found one that had been sold to a local store.
Boca police tracked down the buyer and recovered the watch. They found the sellers on the store's surveillance cameras and were able to match them to the suspects, who were all from Broward County.
After the suspects were arrested on larceny and burglary charges in late January, police got a search warrant and found items matching them to the restaurant crime scene.
Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander described the men as "career criminals."
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