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Flagler County Sheriff's Office announce arrest of Joseph Bova in store clerk's homicide

10:54 AM, Sep 14, 2013   |    comments
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FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. -- The Flagler County Sheriff's Office announced an arrest in the February shooting death of a Flagler County store clerk.

Joseph Frank Bova, 25, allegedly went into the Mobile Gas Station at 6020 East S.R. 100 on the evening of Feb. 21 and shot 32-year-old Zuheily Roman Rosado three times as she worked behind the counter. 

Bova was captured on surveillance video entering the store, pausing for a brief second, before walking towards the counter and pulling the trigger multiple times, according to a charging affidavit from the 7th Judicial Circuit.

"The unsettling and disturbing part is the way it occurred. It was done in cold calculating way," said Flagler County Sheriff James Manfre in describing the murder of Zuheily Rosado.

Bova was arrested Thursday by detectives with the Boca Raton Police Department on a warrant issued out of Flagler County on charges of first degree murder in connection with Rosado's death.

Surveillance video from the night of the homicide was further reviewed showing a man, now believed to be Bova, seen entering the store and using the stores ATM machine several hours prior to the shooting, according to a release from the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives were able to determine the make and caliber of the weapon used in the attack and reached out to local gun retailers. During the investigation detectives learned Bova had purchased a handgun similar to the one used in the homicide from a gun shop in Daytona Beach in 2012.

A search of Bova's car was later conducted and a handgun was recovered from inside the vehicle. Investigators submitted the handgun for examination to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and for comparison with the three shell cartridge casings that were recovered at the homicide scene on the night of Rosado's death. The handgun that had been recovered from Bovas vehicle was allegedly a match to the weapon used in the homicide.

"He went in military style...there doesn't seem to be any motive. At this point certainly does not help the community that wants answers," said Manfre.  

A warrant was issued for Bova, who was booked into the Palm Beach County Detention facility on the evening September 12 where he is being held on no bond to await return to Flagler County.

"Ms. Rosado's death was both tragic and senseless. This man has forever changed the lives of Ms. Rosado's children, her parents, other family members and friends," said Manfre. "My hope is that the arrest of this man in connection with her death will allow Ms. Rosado's family to move further along in the healing process."

The Medical Examiner ruled at the time that Rosado's death was a homicide by gunshot. The incident occurred from start to finish in less than 30 seconds.

Across the street from the convenience store a sigh of relief from the owners of Bella's, a pizza parlor.

"She (Rosado) was a hard worker. We used to go over there all the time. We don't go there anymore," said Catherine Lauria who said she delivered food to Ms. Rosado.

Rosado is survived by six children ranging in ages from 1 year old to 16 years old.

"I am glad they got him. Hope she is resting in peace," said Pina Bologne who also knew the mother of six who was murdered.

Bova was issued a non-moving traffic citation about a month after the shooting death of Rosado for not attaching his registration to his license plate.

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