Suspect in '03 slaying surrenders at border

Published May 30, 2007

TAMPA - It has been four years since a man died in a Wimauma gunfight, and a suspect who spent years eluding law enforcement has finally turned himself in.

Cesar Aguilar Lemus, 21, surrendered to authorities at the Mexico border last week in the June 1, 2003, shooting death of Juan Jose Longoria, 23.

Lemus fled to Mexico after the shooting, which authorities thought at the time to be gang-related, said Hillsborough sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

"It brings resolution to the families to know the person responsible for their loved one's death is behind bars, " Carter said.

The afternoon shooting took place on North Street between 13th and 14th streets in Wimauma. Authorities said Longoria and Arturo Garcia, 26, were in a PT Cruiser on North Street when they began arguing with the occupants of two other vehicles.

Longoria was fatally shot while Garcia took a bullet in his right thigh. Also charged in the shooting were Adan Monsivais, now 26, and Rigoberto Lemus, now 24.