Crime Stoppers tip leads to arrest of Clair Mel City murder suspect

Posted at 5:21 PM, Dec 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-02 17:21:49-05

A second man has been charged in connection with a fatal shooting during a drug dealing incident in Clair Mel City nearly  six months ago, officials said. 

Antonio Santiago Concepcion, 25, of Tampa, has been charged with premeditated first degree murder with a firearm, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

A warrant  was recently issued for Santiago-Concepcion's arrest following the fatal shooting of 42-year-old Ivonne Rivera-Ramis of Tampa in July. Deputies asked the public to contact Crime Stoppers with information about Santiago-Concepcion's whereabouts, and someone did.

On Wednesday deputies arrested Jose Colon-Soto on a charge of premeditated first degree  murder with a firearm in connection with the same incident.

On the night of July 28, Rivera-Ramis met with Santiago Concepcion to sell prescription drugs, a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office news release states.

During the transaction, two unknown men armed with handguns approached them. Rivera-Ramis was shot in the back when she attempted to drive away.

A passenger in Rivera-Ramis' car was able to take control of the steering wheel and parked the car at a McDonald's restaurant at 1002 78th St. in Clair Mel City. Rivera-Ramis died at the scene.

Santiago-Concepcion was interviewed during the investigation. He described two armed men who approached he and Rivera-Ramis but said he did not know who they were.

Santiago-Concepcion agreed to sign a consent document to give deputies permission to search his cell phone, the release states. Deputies reviewed text messages Santiago-Concepcion had sent and received and noted several text messages he exchanged with Colon-Soto.

The content of the messages indicated Rivera-Ramis was lured to the arranged location and Santiago--Concepcion and Colon-Soto both were present during the shooting.

Santiago-Concepcion was at the Hillsborough County Jail for booking Friday evening.