Police Arrest Suspect in Overnight Homicide


DATE of Homicide: 11/5/11, 3:45a.m.

LOCATION of Homicide: Salem Gyro Shop, 1611 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa

SUSPECT: Jordan T. Hill, DOB: 3/6/88, B/M, 4127 Poplar Avenue #102, Tampa, Florida

CHARGES: First Degree Murder, Armed Robbery, Felon in Possession of Firearm

VICTIM: Hipolito Padilla III DOB: 12/18/85, B/M, 14623 43rd Street, Tampa, Florida

Rapid Offender Control (ROC) Officers were searching for the suspect when they spotted him jumping a fence near his mother's home on Poplar Avenue shortly after 2:00p.m. today. They took him into custody without incident. They also recovered a handgun. Homicide Detectives Gary Sandel and Danny Rhodes interviewed the suspect. When they showed Hill the surveillance footage of the crime, he admitted robbing, shooting and killing the victim in the gyro shop parking lot early this morning. He also told detectives that the recovered handgun was the one used in the crime. He was transported to the Hillsborough County Jail charged with First Degree Murder, Armed Robbery and Felon in Possession of Firearm.

Laura McElroy
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