Tampa police late Sunday night arrested a suspect in the November home invasion in East Tampa in which the victim was shot while trying to run away.
Charged on a warrant with attempted first-degree felony murder, home invasion robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm was Marcell Golfin, a 26-year-old tattoo artist from Tampa who also was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and giving a false name to a law enforcement officer.
Police say the homicide and robbery charges stem from a Nov. 9 incident at 1302 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in which a man was in his detached garage when he was approached by two men. They asked him to use his phone and when one of the suspects took the telephone, the other pulled a gun and demanded money.
The victim attempted to flee from the garage through a rear door when he was shot in the right shoulder, police said. He was taken to a hospital where he was treated for the wound and later released.
Shortly after the arrest, police arrested Dante Jefferson, accused of being the driver of the getaway car. He was charged with accessory after the fact. Jefferson had the victim’s credit card, police said.
During the investigation, detectives determined that Golfin was involved in the incident and at 8:35 p.m. Sunday, police pulled over a Chevrolet Impala for a traffic infraction and found Golfin in the passenger seat.
He remained in the Hillsborough County jail Monday. Bail had not been set.