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For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Laura McElroy, Tampa Police Spokesperson
(813) 276-3779
Officer Arrest Suspect in Hit and Run Crash
Tampa, FL March 12, 2014 - Incident Date/Time: 3/12/2014 at 2 a.m.

Location: Nebraska Ave. N / Columbus Dr. E Business Victim Info: W/M Alejandro Claudio 07/25/72 School Security

Defendant Arrested: W/M Josean Carrasquillo-Flores 07/06/88
3510 E. 24th Ave Tampa FL 33605

Vehicle Info: 2003 Infinity SUV Grey in color FL Tag #CITT71

Details: On this date and time School Security Officer Claudio was traveling South on Nebraska Ave. when He entered the intersection of E. Columbus Drive on a green light. The suspect vehicle was traveling East on Columbus Drive when he ran the red light at N. Nebraska Ave. and struck the school security vehicle on the passengers side. The suspect vehicle then fled the scene East on Columbus Drive. Officers were in the area and saw the vehicle leaving the crash. Multiple officers responded and the suspect vehicle was found abandoned in the 3800 block of E. Columbus Drive. A perimeter was quickly established utilizing Air Service (Air 3), K-9 Three, ROC, Tango and Victor squads resulting in the arrest of the suspect.

Injuries to the school security officer were minor but he was transported to TGH for observation.

-Lt. Ronald W. McMullen, TPD

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