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Two young children safe in car after woman found shot to death in St. Petersburg

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.

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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.

Benjamin Robert Williams aka “Bambi”

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.


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