Tampa police arrest 2nd teen for Pasco man’s murder during Craigslist meetup

Ramontrae Williams, Hillsborough County Jail booking photo
Ramontrae Williams, Hillsborough County Jail booking photo

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Tampa police arrested a second teen late Wednesday in connection with the murder of a Pasco County man.  The man and his son had arranged to meet with the suspects via Craigslist in an attempt to sell a dirt bike to them.

Detectives say James Beck, 44, of Holiday and his son, Stuart Beck arranged to meet Ramontrae Williams, 16, in Tampa after Stuart posted a notice on Craigslist about a dirt bike he was selling.70a8e4f7-2dea-4d19-8ced-9b63e5e7ac3e

The Becks traveled to Tampa with the dirt bike in the bed of their truck.

The Becks met with the two suspects at 7:03 p.m. on Tuesday at North 18th Street and East 24th Avenue in Tampa.

Detectives said it soon became clear that the suspects intended to rob the victims.

One of the suspects shot James Beck and the suspects took the dirt bike. Beck died from his injuries.

Tampa police officers were able to identify and locate Ramontrae Williams and found the dirt bike near Williams’ residence. Williams was arrested and charged with first-degree, felony murder and armed robbery.

Detectives quickly identified Plant High School student, Dontae Johnson, as the second suspect and by the end of the day were able to place him at the scene of the shooting, leading to his arrest.

 

Stuart Beck said he will miss his dad. “He was a wonderful man. He had a great sense of humor, always knew how to make someone laugh. He always had a smile on his face and he made the whole room happy,” he said.

Beck said that bike meant everything to him. “I got it as a Christmas present and I worshiped it, because it came from my dad,” he said. “He taught me how to ride.  It started as his hobby and moved on to mine.”

Close friend, Christina Finnell feels Craigslist should warn users about the dangers of meeting with strangers..

“I’ve done it too.  Never realized the inherent danger that could be in that, and I know Jimmy didn’t either,” said Finnell. “Why, why, why would you do this? Why would you devastate a family like this for a motorcycle?”

Finnell is mourning Beck’s death.

“We love him so much, and he’s going to be so missed.  And the world is a much worse place, darker place now that he’s gone,” said Finnell.

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