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Florida doctor is arrested for November 2019 murder of driver


A Florida doctor licensed in two states was arrested on Thursday for the murder of a produce truck driver in Vermont over two years ago after cops pieced together evidence from surveillance footage and GPS data.

Doctor Jozsef Piri, 49, an internist with the Physician Regional Medical Group in Naples, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder for allegedly gunning down Boston driver Roberto Fonseca-Rivera, 44, on November 1, 2019.

Fonseca-Rivera was a delivery driver for the Massachusetts-based company Katsiroubas Produce and was found dead in his truck with a gunshot wound to the head and neck on a Vermont highway.

Police have not released a motive for the murder and claim that the men did not know each other prior to the incident but evidence points to Piri shooting the driver in an apparent a road-rage incident.

DailyMail.com reached out to Vermont State Police for further information.  

Florida doctor Jozsef Piri, 49, was arrested on Thursday for allegedly murdering a produce driver in November 2019

Produce delivery driver Roberto Fonseca-Rivera, 44, had been fatally shot in the head and neck on Route 103 in Vermont

Produce delivery driver Roberto Fonseca-Rivera, 44, had been fatally shot in the head and neck on Route 103 in Vermont 

Fonseca-Rivera was a delivery driver for the Massachusetts-based company Katsiroubas Bros.

Fonseca-Rivera was a delivery driver for the Massachusetts-based company Katsiroubas Bros. 

Piri, who lived in Connecticut at the time where he is also licensed, was driving a 2018 Toyota Tundra while returning from his property in Londonderry, Vermont, where he had been fixing an issue with a well pump on the night of the murder. 

The Romanian-born doctor was driving directly in front of Fonseca-Rivera on Route 103 when he fired shots between 1 and 1:30 p.m. that struck Fonseca-Rivera in the head and neck, Vermont authorities said, according to the Boston Globe.

Fonseca-Rivera was found dead at the wheel of his truck along Route 103 in Rockingham. 

Investigators identified Piri as a possible suspect after going through information such as surveillance footage, GPS data and photographs. 

Fonesca-Rivera had been been reported missing by his company on November 1 after he did not return to the warehouse while making deliveries that night.

Following further investigation, cops discovered that Piri had concealed weapons in his home after police searched through his properties in both Connecticut and Vermont as well as his truck. 

Pieces of a firearm that he been found to be consistent with the murder of Fonseca-Rivera had been found in his Vermont property.

Police also learned that Piri had made a series of gun purchases over a two-year period after he had been flagged by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. 

It is not clear why the doctor was flagged. 

He was arrested at a Publix in Florida on Thursday afternoon after officials obtained a warrant for his arrest on Tuesday.  

Piri is currently being held at the Collier County Jail in Naples and will be extradited to Vermont for his arraignment scheduled for December 17. 

If convicted of the charges, he faces life in prison.    

A checkpoint was set up by Vermont state police to further investigate the 2019 murder

A checkpoint was set up by Vermont state police to further investigate the 2019 murder

Police asked motorists if they had seen Fonseca-Rivera or if they had any more information on the murder

Police asked motorists if they had seen Fonseca-Rivera or if they had any more information on the murder

Fonseca-Rivera had been remembered by his former employer as a ‘very dedicated employee’ before his unexpected death. 

‘When I first heard of what happened, I was in shock,’ Ted Katsiroubas told CBS Boston in 2019.

‘Every interaction I had with him was positive, always smiling, shook my hand. One thing that I’ve been hearing a lot is that he was always in uniform, always on time, very dedicated employee.’  

The company also released a statement on Fonseca-Rivera’s behalf following Piri’s arrest.

‘We are pleased that a suspect has been identified two years after the horrific killing of Roberto, a good man just doing his job driving down the highway in Rockingham, VT,’ the statement read.

‘We are gratified that Vermont state police stayed on this difficult investigation. We hope that justice may be done for Roberto and that it may bring his family some peace.’  



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