Naples doctor arrested in Vermont on murder charge in 2019 shooting death

Naples doctor arrested in Vermont on murder charge in 2019 shooting death

After a lengthy investigation that began more than two years ago, the Vermont State Police has arrested a suspect in connection with the Nov. 1, 2019, fatal shooting of a truck driver in Rockingham, Vermont.

An arrest warrant for second-degree murder was issued on Tuesday, for Dr. Jozsef Piri, 49, of Naples.

Jozsef Piri, M.D., FACP, is listed online as being board certified in internal medicine, specializing in a variety of aspects of primary care for adults and geriatrics.

Deputies with the Collier County Sheriff’s Department assisted Vermont State Police detectives in arresting Piri on Thursday.

The murder charge arises from the shooting death of Roberto Fonseca-Rivera, 44, of Boston, Massachusetts, whose body was found behind the wheel of the Katsiroubas Produce truck he had been driving along Vermont Route 103 in Rockingham on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head and neck. Piri and Fonseca-Rivera did not know each other, police say.

Through investigation, the state police learned that Piri was driving a 2018 Toyota Tundra on Vermont Route 103 in close proximity to Fonseca-Rivera’s delivery truck on the day in question. Piri lived in Connecticut at the time and was returning home from a property he owned in Londonderry, Vermont. Detectives reviewed surveillance footage, GPS data, photographs and other information to determine that Piri was driving immediately in front of Fonseca-Rivera just before the shooting occurred.

Further details of the allegations are contained in the affidavit of probable cause, which is filed in the Criminal Division of Vermont Superior Court in Brattleboro. The Vermont State Police is unable to provide any additional comment on this case.

The Vermont State Police Major Crime Unit worked closely with the Windham County State’s Attorney’s Office throughout this investigation. Also participating in the case were VSP’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Search Team, Technology Investigation Unit, and Victim Services Unit; the Vermont Forensic Laboratory; the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner’s Office; the Boston Police Department; the Massachusetts State Police; the Connecticut State Police; the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the FBI.

Piri’s arraignment in Vermont is pending his extradition from Florida and has yet to be scheduled.

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