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Soldier Beating: Law firm, church offer rewards for information in the attack of Sgt. Johnny Aparico

5:10 PM, May 16, 2012   |    comments
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Photo Gallery: Soldier beaten and Robbed in South Tampa

TAMPA, Florida -- The violent mugging of a young soldier in Tampa earlier this week has gained national attention.

Surveillance video showing 24-year-old Army Staff Sergeant Johnny Aparico being punched and kicked has been seen by millions. It has been described as "heartbreaking" and "shocking."

Photo Gallery: Soldier beaten and robbed in South Tampa

Police are still searching for the men responsible, and now multiple rewards are being offered for information leading to their arrests.

"With the video, I realized how serious this is," said Winters & Yonker attorney Bill Winters. The local law firm has offered a $10,000 reward.

"I think it wasn't until your broadcast last night that I found out he was a soldier who was here at MacDill, and I thought that was pretty crazy. A real young guy coming here and getting hurt."

See Also: Video shows young soldier severely beaten

The longtime attorney says he doesn't want this kind of image for Tampa Bay, and he is hoping the reward money helps police catch the thugs who did it. 

On Wednesday, Rev. Randy White and his Without Walls International Church also offered a $5,000 reward.

Police say citizens from Virginia and New Jersey have offered money as well. bringing the current reward total to $16,250.

If you have information on Sgt. Aparico's brutal beating, you can call Tampa Police at 813-354-6600.


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