Police Seek Public?s Help to Catch Suspect who Tortured Girlfriend for Six Days

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Tampa Police Sgt. Bill Todd will discuss the case at TPD Headquarters at 1:30 p.m.

WHEN: Between December 23 – December 29

WHERE: 3419 East Deleuil Avenue, Tampa

SUSPECT: Leon Jorge Washington, 01-10-70, B/M, 3419 East Deleuil Avenue, Tampa. The suspect is 6’0 and 260 pounds.
Leon Washington

VICTIMS: 31-year-old black female and her six-year-old daughter

The Tampa Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force are looking for the suspect for the torture and false imprisonment of his girlfriend. During that time, Washington attacked her with an ice pick, clothes iron and a knife causing serious abrasions, burns and lacerations. She was also forced to perform sexual acts. The suspect also hit the victim’s child and spit on her, but the child did not suffer any serious physical injuries. When the victim’s sister arrived at the home for a visit, she discovered the situation and convinced the suspect to let the victim seek medical attention. The suspect instructed them not to go to a hospital. They went to a family member’s house and called police. The victim was treated and released from a local hospital.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Any person who can provide information as to Washington’s whereabouts is urged to call Deputy U.S. Marshal Ron Lindbak at 813-299-6982 or Tampa Police officer Ron Simpson at 813-394-9053. Callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,500.