FBI offers $50,000 reward for info about suspected gang member accused in Ruskin murder

Hillsborough County

FBI agents hope a $50,000 reward will lead them to an armed and dangerous gang member who’s wanted for a murder in Hillsborough County.

The Tampa FBI Field Office on Friday announced the reward in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Dennis Saint John Rodriguez, Jr., who’s facing first degree murder charges in connection with the death of a Ruskin man in 2016.

Rayman Patramn disappeared from his Ruskin home, not far from I-75.  Although a body was never found, authorities believe he’s dead and Rodriguez is responsible.

Detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and possibly Tampa Police Department also want to question him about several other unsolved murders.

A federal arrest warrant was issued in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, on December 22, 2017, charging Rodriguez, Jr. with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

“Our latest intelligence does show that he’s in Mexico,” said Andrea Aprea, an FBI spokeswoman based in Tampa.

Rodriguez, Jr. is possibly living in Celaya, about 170 miles northwest of Mexico City, and is working as a barber.

“We have evidence indicating that he may be assisted by some individuals here locally so we just want them to know the FBI does have this international reach and we do have a long arm of the law,” Aprea said.

The FBI released this description of the suspect:

  • Date of Birth Used: March 28, 197
  • Place of Birth: New York
  • Hair: Brown
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Height: 5’11”
  • Weight: 180 pounds
  • Sex: Male
  • Race: White (Hispanic

Anyone with information concerning Rodriguez, Jr. should take no action themselves, but 
should immediately contact the nearest FBI office. Individuals calling from outside of the United States should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

The FBI’s Tampa Field Office can be reached 24 hours a day at 813-253-1000.  Information may also be submitted to www.tips.fbi.gov.

All information can remain anonymous and confidentiality is guaranteed.

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