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Largo murder suspects found after nationwide manhunt, sheriff says

By Nathaniel Rodriguez,


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — Four men were arrested for their alleged involvement in a Largo murder last April after a nationwide search by Pinellas County detectives, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said.

In a Monday press conference, Gualtieri said the men were charged with the murder of Brent Alley, 20, of Jacksonville.

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According to the sheriff, Alley and witness Kyle Foster, 22, had come to Largo in order to buy $40,000 worth of marijuana in a drug deal.

However, the suspects — identified as Tyaire Turner, 43; Scott Laracuente, 32; Joshua Ashley, 28; and Terrell Jackson, 42 — planned to rob the two Jacksonville drug dealers of their money instead, Gualtieri said.

“Jackson and Ashley, Laracuente and Turner were all involved in drug distribution and all of them have extensive arrest records, including Turner who has a prior conviction in New York State for robbery with a firearm. … He’s the one who pulled the trigger,” he said.

The sheriff said the location where the murder happened, the All-American Business Center, was used as a residence by Laracuente, who lived on the first floor.

Alley and Foster were directed to go to the business center on April 29. The sheriff said when they arrived, Alley became uneasy over the circumstances and went back out to his car to store his cash.

“He came back in with his own gun,” Gualtieri said.

After the group got food, Turner emerged from a stairwell while wearing a mask and shot Alley, according to the sheriff.

“He stood up, and he stumbled outside to the parking lot, screaming in pain,” Gualtieri said. “He then literally lied down in the parking lot and died.”

The sheriff said the victim bled out from the gunshot, which went clean through him. Video from surveillance cameras captured his death.

“It’s really sad to watch a 20-year-old kid lay down and die over greed, but when you play with fire, you’re gonna get burned, and sometimes you get killed,” he said.

All of the suspects fled after the incident. Deputies found the bag of drug money in Alley’s Porsche after responding to the shooting.

The suspects left their vehicle in Sarasota before they all ended up fleeing the area, according to Gualtieri.

The sheriff said on April 30, Ashley and Jackson drove off to Los Angeles, arriving on May 3. Detectives followed them to Las Vegas, where Laracuente had already arrived by bus.

All three suspects were located and taken into custody.

Meanwhile, Turner drove to the D.C. Metro area where he was located by authorities in a home in northern Virginia. In total, the investigation took 17 days.

Friday, a grand jury indicted all the suspects on first-degree murder charges.

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