Arrest made after fatal Tampa strip club fight

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

Club Envy in Tampa, Florida. - Google Earth
Google Earth
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.

About The Author

Ray Roa

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...
Scroll to read more Tampa Bay News articles
Join the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected]