Arrest made in connection to February Palm Coast murder

Arrest made in connection to February Palm Coast murder

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Joseph Frank Bova II Joseph Frank Bova II

Flagler County Sheriff's investigators have made an arrest in connection to an execution-style murder of a convenience store clerk that happened in February.

Joseph Frank Bova II, 25, of Bunnell, was arrested late Thursday afternoon by detectives with the Boca Raton Police Department.   Detectives said Bova is the suspected gunman in the death of Zuheily Rosado.

Rosado, 32, was shot as he was working at the Mobil Mart gas station at 6020 East State Route 100 in Palm Coast on the night of  the February 21.  Surveillance video from that night shows a man, now believed to be Bova, entering the store and using an ATM hours prior to the shooting.

Investigators said Bova had purchased a handgun similar to the one used in the homicide from a gun shop in Daytona Beach in 2012.  Based on information obtained regarding the ATM transaction and the purchase of the handgun, Bova was identified as a person of interest.

Bova was eventually located living out of a car in South Florida.  Flagler County investigators on Monday traveled to Boca Raton to secure a search warrant for Bova's vehicle and found a handgun which was submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). 

FLDE agents compared shell cartridge casings from the gun with those recovered at the murder scene.  After determining that there was a match, an arrest warrant was issued.

Bova was booked into the Palm Beach County Detention facility Thursday evening where he is being held on no bond to await return to Flagler County.   He faces a charge of first degree murder.

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