Attempted Homicide Arrest

TITLE: Verbal Altercation Leads to Attempted Homicide Arrest

WHEN: June 6, 2021, at approximately 2:50 AM

WHERE: 13355 49th St N (Banquet Masters)


Arrested (Driver) - Roberto Dothe - 24 YOA - Hispanic/Male - Holiday FL -
Charges - Two counts of Attempted Second-Degree Murder

Arrested (Rear Passenger) - Anthony Benitez - 18 YOA - Hispanic/ Male -
Clearwater FL - Charges - One count of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

WHAT: On June 6, 2021, at approximately 2:50 AM, officers responded to a 911
call for service at Banquet Masters (13355 49th St). Upon arrival, officers
learned a vehicle had intentionally run over two victims after a verbal
altercation. The intentional act led to a large fight in the parking lot, with
three victims being transported to local hospitals.

Through investigation, detectives learned an event was taking place at Banquet
Masters with many guests. Uninvited individuals arrived and a verbal
altercation took place between three subjects and other guests of the party.
The three individuals entered a vehicle, and Roberto Dothe indiscriminately
drove into a crowd of attendees, striking two victims. Upon initially hitting
the victims, Roberto Dothe crashed his car into a parked truck in the parking
lot. Roberto Dothe then put the vehicle in reverse and struck the two victims
a second time. A large crowd surrounded the car and began to attack the three
occupants. An attendee of the party, Roque Villalpando, engaged in a physical
altercation with the front passenger, causing severe injury to the male
victim. The rear passenger of the vehicle, Anthony Benitez, struck Roque
Villalpando in the head with a bottle of alcohol, causing serious injury.
Anthony Benitez was taken into custody on scene and has been charged with
aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Roberto Dothe fled the scene on foot
and was later taken into custody by law enforcement in the vicinity of the
incident and charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder.

The two victims struck by Roberto Dothe are a 10-year-old female and a
37-year-old male. Both sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

This investigation is still active and additional charges are pending. If any
other information becomes available, a follow-up release will be sent.

Released by: Sergeant John Shea

For more information contact:

Pinellas Park Police Department
Public Information Office