Murder Investigation

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Robbery & Homicide Unit

Miami-Dade Police Department

Christopher Dykes (Victim - Deceased)
DOB: 01/10/1963
Address: 10597 Oak Street NE, unincorporated St. Petersburg

Jaritza M. Diaz (Arrested)
DOB: 03/28/1993
Address: 5476 59th Street North, St. Petersburg
Charges: One count of First Degree Murder

Christopher Lee Robertson II (Arrested)
DOB: 10/18/1982
Address: 211 7th Avenue North, Apartment #5, St. Petersburg
Charges: One count of First Degree Murder

What:
Detectives assigned to the Robbery & Homicide Unit have arrested two people for murder after they killed a business owner in unincorporated St. Petersburg and fled to south Florida.

When:
Deputies located the deceased victim at about 8:20 a.m. on Monday, August 28, 2017.

Detectives charged both subjects on Monday, September 4, 2017.

Where:
Deputies located the deceased victim at the Fabmaster D Machinery LLC business located at 10597 Oak Street NE, in unincorporated St. Petersburg.

The suspects were arrested at the Serena Inn located at 26480 S. Dixie Highway, Homestead, Florida. 

Why/How:
Detectives assigned to the Robbery & Homicide Unit have arrested two people for murder after they killed a business owner in unincorporated St. Petersburg and fled to south Florida.

At about 8:20 a.m. on August 28, 2017, deputies were called to the Fabmaster D Machinery LLC business located at 10597 Oak Street NE, in unincorporated St. Petersburg, for a welfare check.

According to detectives, an employee arrived to open the business and could not gain entry or locate the business owner, 54-year-old Christopher Dykes, who lived on site. The employee called 911 and deputies responded.

Concerned for Dykes’ safety, deputies forced entry and found evidence of a struggle. Deputies located Dykes deceased inside the business. It was obvious Dykes was the victim of a homicide.

During the course of the investigation, detectives identified 24-year-old Jaritza Diaz and 34-year-old Christopher Robertson, as suspects in Dykes’ murder. Detectives say Diaz and Robertson were both known to Dykes. Diaz was employed by Dykes for a short period of time.

Detectives from the Miami-Dade Police Department located Diaz and Robertson in a hotel room at the Serena Inn located at 26480 S. Dixie Highway, in Homestead, Florida.

On Saturday September, 2, 2017, Pinellas detectives responded to Homestead, Florida, and assisted with the arrest of Diaz for the Pinellas County Grand Theft Auto warrant. Robertson was arrested by the Miami-Dade Police Department for Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer following an incident that occurred during Diaz’s arrest.

Diaz and Robertson were transported to the Turner Guilford Knight Correction Center in Miami-Dade County.

Detectives from the Miami-Dade Police Department obtained search warrants that were executed in Homestead, Florida. Detectives recovered forensic evidence connecting Diaz and Robertson to Dykes’ murder.  

On September 4, 2017, Pinellas detectives obtained Pinellas County warrants charging Diaz and Robertson with First Degree Murder.

Diaz and Robertson are being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correction Center in Miami-Dade County

Diaz and Robertson will be transported back to Pinellas County.

The investigation continues.      


Booking photo of Jaritza Diaz compliments of Miami-Dade.


Booking photo of Christopher Robertson compliments of Miami-Dade. 

Posted by Spencer Gross Tuesday, September 5, 2017 11:14:00 AM Categories: Death Investigations

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