Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Man Charged with Murder, Arson

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Man Charged with Murder, Arson

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CHARLOTTE COUNTY

PUNTA GORDA -- The Punta Gorda Police Department has arrested a Punta Gorda man in the Nov. 1 death of Kyle Farishian, 18, whose body was found inside a 7-Eleven store.

Michael Russo, 28 years old, of 2105 Deborah Drive, Punta Gorda, was taken into custody by Punta Gorda Police detectives and the Charlotte County SWAT Team -- without incident -- on charges of murder and arson.

According to a news release, the evidence indicates that Russo is the sole person responsible for this crime. The investigation still remains active and police officials continue to work closely with the State Attorney's Office.

Farishian worked at the 7-Eleven at the intersection of Bal Harbor Boulevard and Aqui Esta Drive in southern Charlotte County.

A 911 call was received Nov. …

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