Bradenton Triple Murder Suspect Arrested

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Update: Avalos was arrested Saturday afternoon.  Avalos faces a court hearing Sunday.

Andres “Andy” Avalos was wanted for questioning in the murders of wife, Amber Avalos, an acquaintance (not pictured) and James “Tripp” Battle, Bayshore Baptist Church in Bradenton on Thursday.

Photos: Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Bayshore Baptist Church (Bradenton) website

Manatee County Sheriff Office deputies are looking for Andres ” Andy” Avalos, 33, a Hispanic male for questioning about the murder of a Bradenton church pastor, Avalos’s wife and an acquaintance of the Avalos family.  Avalos was last seen in the 6500 block of 14th Street West in Bradenton and believed to be driving a 2003 gold Chevrolet Suburban, Florida license tag #484VTZ.

If you have any information about this case, call the Manatee County Sheriff”s Office at 941-747-3011, ext. 2003, ext. 2008 or call local law enforcement.

On Thursday, Dec. 4th, Manatee County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting at Bayshore Baptist Church, 6502 14th Street West in Bradenton and found Pastor James Tripp Battle, 31, dead.  Battle is a Bradenton native and the father of 2 children.  While there, deputies learned of other possible victims and went to 1200 67th Street NW in Bradenton.  That’s where they found Amber Avalos, 32, and Denise Potter, 46 dead.  Amber Avalos is the wife of the man deputies want to question and was the church’s nursery and children’s director. Potter is an aquaintance of the Avaloses. The Avalos children are in protective custody, according to news reports.


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