CONNECTION? May Restaurant Robbery And Josephine’s Murder

exclusiveBOCA RATON, FL ( — By ANDREW COLTON, Editor and Publisher — A robbery in May at Table 42 in East Boca Raton has striking similarities to the weekend robbery at Josephine’s that left bartender and area realtor Rafeal Rodriguez dead.

Rodriguez, 46, was shot and killed outside Josephine’s where he stood with a waiter after the restaurant — at 5751 North Federal Highway — closed. Four armed black men, according to police, knocked Rodriguez to the ground, pistol whipped a waiter, and forced their way inside where they robbed several patrons and staffers of money and jewelry.

Rodriguez apparently said something to one of the thugs who opened fire and killed him. reported on a similar restaurant attack in May. It happened on May 5th at Table 42, just a short distance from Josephine’s.

Here’s what we reported then:


Rafael Rodriguez, the bartender at Josephine’s, was shot and killed during an apparent robbery at the restaurant Saturday night.

Arriving officers met with several restaurant employees. A female kitchen worker told officers that two males entered the restaurant through an unlocked rear door, which enters into an alley. The suspects, both armed with black, semi-automatic handguns, pistol whipped the victim and demanded to know the location of the safe.

The suspects then entered the main part of the restaurant, where they encountered the manager and a bartender. The manager led the suspects to the safe, opened it, and gave them the cash that was inside. The suspects left the restaurant through the rear door.

The suspects may have fled the scene in a small silver car, which was seen leaving the area with its lights off about the time of the crime. The female employee was transported to Boca Raton Regional Hospital, where she was treated and released.

There are similarities in the suspect descriptions. According to Boca Raton Police:


#1 Dark skinned black male, 6’2” tall

#2 Black male, 5’10” tall

Both wore dark clothing and black ski masks.


1. Black male, tall, thin, long sleeved shirt, pants, baseball cap, backpack, black revolver, mask.

2. Black male, thin, below knee shorts, backpack, handgun, hood and mask.

3. Black male, medium build, pants, short sleeve shirt, bandana, ball cap, hand gun.

4. Black male, long sleeve dark shirt, below knee shorts, light shirt or scarf covering face.

Boca Raton Police Spokesperson Officer Sandra Boonenberg tells that detectives are investigating all leads at this point and are not ruling out a connection between the two attacks.

“The detectives have not drawn any conclusions at this point,” she says, “but are looking at all possibilities.”

Friends of Rodriguez, posting to, tell of a man who loved working with his girlfriend — restaurant owner Josephine Tribunella.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 800-457-TIPS, or the Boca Raton Police Department at 561-368-6201.


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  11 comments for “CONNECTION? May Restaurant Robbery And Josephine’s Murder

  1. Steve Holdman
    January 7, 2013 7:37 pm at 7:37 PM

    Very nice work You should teach people at the palm beach post like Ana Valdes how to report. You were first with the story and have real news, not just “sign a guest book” which is just silly. Good job.

  2. Local Lady's Opinion
    January 7, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 PM

    The restaurants mentioned are both right next to Dog Patch, I’ve heard thats the ghetto in Boca. Another article talks about how the mailmen don’t want to deliver mail there because people don’t look after their dogs…

  3. Jo
    January 8, 2013 9:03 am at 9:03 AM

    I asked to see pictures from surveillance video and was told “we cannot” by detective in charge. You ever ask “WHY”? crazy that we have video of all suspects and the surrounding friends are unable to see if they can id the suspects. Makes me very angry.

    • AB
      January 12, 2013 6:52 pm at 6:52 PM

      Table 42 is not next to Dog Patch !!!!

  4. January 8, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 PM

    First I want to give my Deepest Sympathy to Rafael Rodriguez family and friends, I’ve been to Josephines to have dinner. I also want to send a message to the Scumbags, Yellow, Chickenxxxx, gun tooters that snuffed out a life for no reason because they have no real balls. If you don’t want to work for a living then go jump off a bridge or kill yourself. Where’s Al Sharpton and Jessie? Oh i forgot the victim is not Black. Oh and lets not PROFILE, YEA RIGHT. If i saw 4 Blacks coming down my alley at night in Boca what would i be expected to think or act. Maybe, Hey Brothers want some Italian food. Or here my watch and the money I worked all week for, Wake up you liberals and bleeding hearts, you may be the next victim of these monsters. Oh and Gun Control, THE CRIMINAL WILL ALWAYS HAVE A GUN, MIGHT AS WELL EVEN UP THE ODDS. As for the tape from the Detectives, they are smart, why should the Pieces of Garbage know what hand the law is playing. I like this technique better that showing it on the news. May God take this poor man in his arms and keep his family safe and help soothe they’re sorrow at such a horrific time. AND A MESSAGE FOR THE KILLERS, “THE BOOGY MAN COMES WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT: YOU HAVE TO KNOW YOUR GONNA GET CAUGHT. KARMA IS A BITCH.

    • Jo
      January 11, 2013 12:15 am at 12:15 AM

      Im with you on everything but the tape or at least pictures of the suspects on the tape. As someone who has dealt with thousands of people in south Florida from both sides of the tracks it seems logical to allow me to see pictures of my friends killers. I was later told there is a legal issue with these images. I will have to give them benifit of the doubt although there is a very strong chance that they would have been ID’d already if the public saw the images. I am just worried that they have left the country by now.

  5. steve momot
    January 8, 2013 2:22 pm at 2:22 PM

    congratulations to the boca news for printing a TRUE AND COMPLETE de-
    scription of the thugs. the fort lauderdale sun-sentinel, in keeping with their policy of protecting the feelings of the black community, rather than considering the safety of ALL the people, refused to identify them as BLACK. that is a complete abdication of their responsibility to law abiding citizens. ANY police authority will tell you that after gender, RACE is the most vital aspect of a perp-description…

  6. January 9, 2013 8:18 pm at 8:18 PM

    If these 4 are caught they should be killed!! They do not deserve to live or walk our earth.

  7. January 9, 2013 8:21 pm at 8:21 PM

    Also, this should be an easy catch for the police, can’t they pull the tapes from the cameras on the local crossing lights on the street corners to track down the car?

  8. Melissa
    January 10, 2013 8:45 am at 8:45 AM

    ^^ that’s a good idea mmmmm ^^ I hope they catch these guys before they take another life.

  9. marie teller
    February 11, 2013 2:40 pm at 2:40 PM

    rafael did not deserve to die, we can not let this go , we need justice for my nephew. you killed my sister son on her birthday .you can not escape capture . we need to keep the media onthe case for rafael. i miss you so love aunt meme.

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