Bambi St. Pete Murder

St. Pete Police, U.S. Marshals, And ATF To Update Manhunt In Murder Of Joana Peca

ST. PETERSBURG, FL. – At 1:30 pm today the St. Petersburg Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Marshals Service will hold a press conference at SPPD Headquarters concerning the manhunt for suspect Benjamin “Bambi” Williams. 

He is wanted in the shooting death of Joana Peca which occurred on Saturday, July 31, 2021, in the 200 block of 60th St. S.

According to police, just after 5:30 pm on July 31, a 911 call came in with a report of a person shot. Officers arrived and found Joana Peca, 27, dead from an apparent gunshot wound inside her vehicle. 

Police say her two young children were also found inside of the vehicle, unharmed, but terrified.

“Two young children tonight are going to go to bed without their mother,” said St. Pete Police PIO Sandra Bentil.

Detectives have identified Benjamin Robert Williams aka “Bambi”, 38, as the suspect in Saturday’s shooting death of Joana Peca.

A warrant has been issued for William’s arrest and SPPD is actively searching for him. Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5000 for information that leads to an arrest.

Chief Anthony Holloway, ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Craig Kailimai, and Joana’s mother Eleni Peca, will provide comments to the media, and we will update this story after the press conference today.

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