BY KELLI PEACOCK DUNN
A man wanted for an Easter morning murder in Pinellas County, Florida, was apprehended at a Blountstown residence Wednesday afternoon.
John Curry IV, 22, of St. Petersburg, is accused of killing Tamika Lashond Mack, 24, a mother of two, during a home invasion the morning of April 8.
According to an article in the Tampa Bay Tribune, Curry and another suspect burst into Mack's home and began shooting. Mack was struck by bullets, became unresponsive and later died at an area hospital. Her friend, Tore V. Holley, 29, managed to escape during the shooting. Holley reportedly fled to a neighbor's house and called authorities.
St. Petersburg Police announced last week a warrant for first-degree murder had been obtained for Curry and a reward was offered for information leading to his arrest. Capt. Mark Mallory of the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office received a tip Wednesday that Curry was staying at the Boyd Street home of Dallas Muhammed. An arrest team, consisting of agents from the U.S. Marshal's Office, Calhoun County Sheriff's Office and Blountstown Police Department, successfully apprehended Curry at the Muhammed home without incident. Other occupants at the residence were questioned and advised Curry arrived in town a few days ago, claiming he was just there for a visit.
Curry is in custody at the Calhoun County Jail.
Check out all the details in next week's print edition of The County Record.