Palmetto Double-Murder Suspect Arrested in Tampa

On Monday (Sep. 7), two brothers were shot execution style at Snappy’s Mart and Grocery Store in Palmetto. The search for the man responsible for the robbery and double-slaying ended when U.S. Marshals caught D. Chandler.

According to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, Chandler was caught in Tampa.

Chandler, 25, of Palmetto, is accused of robbing the convenience store and killing the store owner’s two sons, K. Yousef, 23, and F. Yousef, 17. The police say that the brothers were shot to death between 2:30 and 2:45 p.m. on Monday as the pair were working behind the counter.

The footage from the store shows Chandler shooting the brothers execution style, said Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler. Their bodies were discovered by a customer who called the police.

The authorities asked for the public’s help in finding Chandler, who they considered to be armed and dangerous. The police were able to obtain arrest warrants for Chandler, which charged him with one count of armed robbery, and two counts of homicide.

On Tuesday around 1:45 p.m. the U.S. Marshals served a warrant in the 1000 block of Seneca in Hillsborough County. After surrounding the house, Chandler surrendered, said a spokesperson from the U.S. Marshal’s Office.

This wasn’t Chandler’s first brush with the law. He previously served time for armed robbery, according to records from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office. Money did go missing from Snappy’s after Monday’s murders, but the amount has not been disclosed.

According to Palmetto Police Chief Scott Tyler, it doesn’t look like the victims saw it coming. He said that the suspect entered the store, the two brothers were at the front counter. He said that Chandler walked up and shot them in the head.

On Tuesday, a funeral for the Yousef brothers was already underway as Chandler was being arrested, WFLA reported.

Consequences of a Capital Felony in Florida

Under Section 782.04 of the Florida Statutes, when someone kills someone else while engaging in robbery, it is murder in the first degree, a capital felony, punishable by death or life imprisonment without the eligibility of parole.

If you are facing capital felony charges in Florida, contact our Tampa criminal defense lawyers for an aggressive defense. Considering the consequences, you can’t afford to take the risk.