Detectives from the St. Petersburg Police Department (SPPD) are conducting a shooting death investigation.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2021, the SPPD’s Emergency Communications Center received a report of person shot in the 100 block of 60th St. S.
Officers arrived and found 27 year-old Joana Peca deceased from an apparent gunshot wound inside her vehicle. Her two young children were also
found inside unharmed, but terrified.
Detectives have identified 38 year-old Benjamin Robert Williams aka “Bambi” as the suspect in Saturday’s shooting death of Joana Peca.
Williams and Peca were involved in a romantic relationship and had a baby together. Peca was holding the infant when Williams shot her multiple times in the face. Her older child was sitting in the backseat during the shooting.
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.
**Benjamin Williams is deemed to be armed and dangerous.**
He is linked to several open homicide investigations.
If anyone has information on Benjamin Williams’ (aka Bambi) whereabouts, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS, to be eligible for the reward. Tips can also be shared by calling the St. Petersburg Police Department at 727-893-7780 or by sending a text that includes the letters “SPPD” and your tip to TIP411.