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New Port Richey Police Make Arrest in 2001 Murder

Randy Petersilge | New Port Richey Police | Arrests

He has been in federal prison and will be transferred to the Pasco County Jail.

NEW PORT RICHEY – The New Port Richey Police Department has arrested a man they say committed a murder in 2001.

Randy Petersilge, 51, was released from federal prison Friday (April 5) and is being held for transport to Pasco County.

Petersilge was charged in connection with the Nov. 28, 2001, murder of Simon Clark, 41, who died from blunt force trauma.

Police said no arrests were made as a result of the initial investigation into Mr. Clark’s murder, however Petersilge was considered to be a possible suspect.

Detectives reopened the case in 2017. Lead investigator Detective Joseph Ioppolo conducted additional investigation and interviews and, on Jan. 11, 2018, a grand jury indicted Petersilge on a charge of first degree murder.

Petersilge was incarcerated in a federal prison during the time of his indictment and a detainer was placed on him. Upon his release last week, he was placed under arrest on the charge of First Degree Homicide.

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New Port Richey Police Make Arrest in 2001 Murder
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