Benjamin Robert Williams, 38, allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend as she sat in her car holding her infant and with her four-year-old child in the backseat (Picture: St Petersburg Police Department)
A man allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend as she sat in her car with her infant in her arms and her older child in the backseat. Law enforcement officials are on a manhunt for Benjamin Robert Williams, 38, in the Saturday shooting near a Florida cemetery.
Williams, whose nickname is ‘Bambi’, is accused of shooting Joana Peca, 27, multiple times around 5.30pm by the Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery. His girlfriend suffered several gunshot wounds in her face, according to WFLA.
Peca died inside her car holding her youngest child, believed to be three to six months old. Her four-year-old child watched in horror and both were ‘terrified’, according to police officers who responded to the scene.
‘Williams goes up to his girlfriend, who is holding his baby in her arms, and he shoots her several times,’ St. Petersburg Chief of Police Anthony Holloway said on Monday. ‘I can’t answer that question. I don’t know what it would take a person to do that.’
Investigators suspect that Williams intentionally led Peca to the cemetery.
‘He called her and asked her to meet him at that location because she was bringing the children to him to see,’ Holloway told WFTS. ‘Once they got to that location that’s when he decided to gun her down.’
Williams is believed to be armed and dangerous. He has been a person of interest in pats homicides the police department has investigated.
‘We never could say he did those homicides; his name kept coming up,’ Holloway told WFTS. ‘But we know he did this one. And this is the one we want the public to help find him and bring him to justice and bring justice to that family.’
Florida Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for details leading to Williams’ arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the St Petersburg Police Department.
‘You know we always say we want people to be involved in this. This is the one time people should want to be involved in this,’ Holloway said. ‘You have to be involved in this.’
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