Authorities announced Monday that Adalberto Montalvo, 29, Quinton Sylvestre, 26, and Samuel Walker Jr., 28, have been charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm in the death of bartender Rafael Rodriguez at Josephine s Restaurant on Jan. 4. "A very unique Chopard watch that was recovered was key to the case, Police Chief Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander said. Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg also spoke about the case. The suspects have been in jail since January on burglary and grand theft charges. Detectives are seeking the identity of a fourth suspect in the case, police said.
Police say a $20,000 watch reported stolen by the owner of a Boca Raton restaurant has led to the arrests of three men suspected of killing her boyfriend, who was a popular bartender.
The Palm Beach Post reports three Broward County men face first-degree murder charges in the Jan. 4 death of Rafael Rodriguez. Authorities are still searching for a fourth suspect.
Police say Josephine's was robbed at closing time. Owner Josephine Tribunella, staff members and patrons were ordered to the floor. The suspects took wallets, phones and jewelry. Rodriguez exchanged words with a suspect and was shot. He died at the hospital.
Boca Raton police asked local jewelers about the watch and tracked a sale on a store's surveillance video. They matched the identities and made the arrests.