Fifth arrest in Ft. Pierce store clerk slaying

By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

FORT PIERCE, FL (WFLX) - Police revealed Wednesday a total of seven people are connected to the murder of a Fort Pierce store clerk. Investigators just made the fifth arrest.

Twenty-five-year-old Nancy Penetus of Port Saint Lucie was arrested and charged with accessory after the fact for attempting to help two men involved in the murders escape according to detectives.

On September 4, three masked men entered the A&M Discount Beverage store at Okeechobee Road and Georgia Avenue and gunned down store owner Paraj Patel, 44, while surveillance cameras captured the crime.

Twenty-four-year-old Donald Isaiah and 21-year-old Anthony Symonette were both arrested for the crime.

When they were arrested, authorities also found a rental car that had been rented in Stuart.

Information from tipsters led to Penetus who after some questioning, police say, admitted that a yet unidentified individual had asked her to rent the car for $400.

The plan was to drive the suspects south, so one could get on a cruise ship and escape to the Bahamas, the other then driven north to Atlanta.

That unidentified individual who asked her to rent the car is still on the loose tonight, so is the person who actually pulled the trigger.

But Fort Pierce police say those arrests could happen at anytime.

Anyone with information is asked to call Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at (800) 273-TIPS.