Tattoo-faced Florida man arrested for murder cold case

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on April 8th, 2019

New Port Richey, Florida: A Florida man whose face is covered in tattoos was recently nabbed in relation to a nearly 20-year murder cold case.

According to news outlet WPTV, 51-year-old Randy Petersilge was arrested last Friday, the same day he was let out of federal prison after serving a sentence for felony firearm possession.

Last year, Petersilage was indicted on first-degree murder in relation to the 2001 fatal beating of Simon Clarke.

The Tampa Bay Times reported Clarke was found beaten to death in November 2001 at a construction site in New Port Richey, Fla. Petersilge was considered a suspect at the time, but there wasn’t enough evidence from witnesses to build a case around him.

Petersilge ended up behind bars for other crimes he committed. The man was convicted of aggravated assault on a police officer, battery on a police officer, grand theft, burglary, and firearm possession.

Police say after Clark was found dead from blunt force trauma on Nov. 28, 2001, near Sanctuary Drive in New Port Richey, there were no arrests made, but Petersilge had been a possible suspect.

Police reopened the case in 2017 and in January 2018, a grand jury indicted Petersilge on a first-degree murder charge. He was in prison when the indictment came down, and a detainer was placed on him.

Petersilge now faces a first-degree murder charge and is waiting to be taken to the Pasco County Jail.

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