Published On: Sun, Sep 8th, 2019

Kleatis Webb, Eric Melucci, Jason Botes arrested for James Knoll murder

Pinellas County detectives arrested three men in connection to a fatal Oldsmar home robbery which left James Knoll Jr. dead. The three have been identified as 37-year-old Kleatis Webb Jr., 34-year-old Eric Melucci, and 32-year-old Jason Botes.

Knoll, 35, was found dead at 3740 Shore Boulevard back in August.

Police detailed that their investigation reveal the three men drove to Knoll’s home with the intent of breaking into the home and robbing him.

Officials said the three men wore masks, dark clothing and gloves. They armed themselves with AR-15 styled .223 caliber rifles.

Three men were arrested in a fatal shooting at an Oldsmar home.

Police revealed that Knoll was shot through the front door and fled in a Ford F-150.

Detectives said Botes knew the victim and the attempted robbery was “narcotics related.”

Webb was arrested Thursday.

Melucci and Botes were arrested Friday. All three face murder charges.

Melucci was also wanted on an arrest warrant for cocaine possession, and Botes faces a charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Creaser in the Robbery & Homicide Unit at (727) 582-5803.

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