By FreedomCity Times Staff
Suspects Arested in Orlando Ambassador Hotel Murder are Crucians
Three men in their 20s are in custody facing first-degree murder charges, accused in a fatal botched robbery of a man with marijuana outside a hotel in west Orlando earlier this month.All three men are Crucians residing in the state of Florida.
Jeff Aldophe, 25, was gunned down outside an Orlando hotel on Nov. 4 Detectives found blood, money, and drugs in his BMW outside the Ambassador Hotel.
Suspect told Orlando police they only planned to take Aldophe's marijuana Jahkeel O'Neil, 21; Jahkiel Gumbs, 24; and Deondre Simmonds, 22; are each charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm, Orlando police announced Friday.
Jeff Aldophe, 25, was gunned down while sitting in his black BMW in the parking lot of the Ambassador Hotel at 929 W. Colonial Drive at 7:52 p.m. Nov. 4. Orlando Fire Rescue rushed him to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he died.
Orlando police detectives found blood, money, and drugs inside the victim's BMW, a police report said.
“It appeared as if [Aldophe] had been involved in a drug transaction when he was killed,” the affidavit said.
Police said the men planned to rob the victim of his marijuana when they met him in the hotel parking lot.
O'Neil got into the BMW and sat in the front passenger seat and bought marijuana from Aldophe as an accomplice approached the driver’s side.
“O'Neil stated the victim reached for his gun and [an accomplice] fired one round which struck the victim in the head,’’ an OPD report said.
“O'Neil stated they didn't get a chance to take the victim's marijuana because they fled after the shooting,” the report added. “He stated the plan was to rob him for his marijuana but not kill him.”