A first-degree murder warrant has been issued by police for the arrest of 26-year-old Juan Javier Oquendo. Police believe Oquendo is the shooter responsible for an early Sunday morning, April 12, homicide in south St. Petersburg.
The incident occurred a block from Gulfport city-limits, in the parking lot of The Stinger Bar, located at 2222 49th St. S. According to police, after Oquendo was removed from the bar, he became engaged in a “verbal dispute” with 33-year-old James Cason.
Sometime during the argument, say police, Oquendo “produced a handgun and shot and killed Cason.”
The investigation’s initial press release goes on to state that Cason was found shot in the torso after having attempted to leave the parking lot in his car.
Oquendo is 5’10, 190 lbs and being described by police as having a, “tattoo on his right arm of a human male face [and] various gang tattoos on [his] back and arms.”
The US Marshals Service is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading Oquendo’s arrest.
This is the second fatal shooting over the past six months in The Stinger Bar’s parking lot. A 63-year-old man, James Brown, was shot there in November after allegedly being nearly robbed, said police. He later died of his injuries at Bayfront Medical.
Anyone with information on Oquendo’s location is asked to please call the St. Petersburg Police at 727-893-7780 or use the anonymous Tip-411! Text “SPPD” and your tip to 847-411 (Tip-411).