Arrest made after fatal Tampa strip club fight

Ismael Ocasio has been charged with manslaughter and aggravated assault with a firearm.

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Club Envy in Tampa, Florida.

It’s been over a month since Edward Taylor died following an altercation outside of a Tampa strip club, but officials have finally made an arrest in the case.

On Wednesday, Ismael Ocasio, 36, was taken into custody and charged with manslaughter and aggravated assault with a firearm. The charges stem from a January 3 incident outside of Club Envy on 3447 W Kennedy Blvd. where police say Ocasio was arguing with Taylor, 32.

A physical altercation ensued, and Ocasio pointed a handgun at Taylor. Ocasio then put the gun away and punched Taylor, according to police. Taylor fell and then suffered upper body trauma as a result. Officers on scene provided CPR to Taylor, a Jefferson High School grad, before he was transported to Tampa General Hospital by Tampa Fire Rescue. Taylor died as a result of his injuries.

Ocasio was arrested after the January 3 incident and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence, but he posted bail, leaving him free as the investigation went on. Officials say that Ocasio faces a charge of manslaughter because his actions contributed to the Taylor’s death.


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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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