By Ashley Cox

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) — The Tampa Police Department have arrested a suspect in a homicide that occurred in the early morning hours of Friday, June 24.

Taron Criner, 39, was arrested after surveillance footage, leads, and witness interviews identified him as the suspect.

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According to officials, at 1:20 a.m. on June 24, The Tampa Police were dispatched to the 7-Eleven at 4943 E Busch Blvd for the report of a suspect stomping a victim who was unconscious. Officers arrived and found the elderly black male victim, unresponsive, on the ground in the parking lot with significant upper body trauma.

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Officers immediately began CPR, providing life-saving measures until Tampa Fire Rescue arrived. The victim was then transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

At approximately 7:08 AM, officers spotted Criner walking near the roadway of E. Busch Blvd in front of the 7-Eleven and appeared to be wearing the same clothing as seen in surveillance video. Apparent blood spatter was observed on Criner’s clothing.

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After positive identification, Criner was arrested and charged with murder. He was transported to Orient Road Jail.