Tampa Police Apprehend Robbery Suspects
DATE/TIME: 9/26/18 at 2:04PM
LOCATION: E. Fowler Ave and N. 50th St
ARRESTED: Wakefield, Kenneth Fritz (DOB 6/6/1968)
Tampa Police arrested and charged Kenneth Fritz Wakefield with aggravated fleeing to elude, hit & run (5 counts), resisting arrest without violence, and non-valid driver license. The passenger was detained, interviewed by detectives, and released without charges.
Tampa Police officers were dispatched to Fowler Avenue near 50th Street for the report of a reckless driver heading westbound who was waving a gun around.
At 2:14 PM, Tampa Police officers spotted the vehicle turning southbound on McKinley Drive from E. Fowler Avenue.
A traffic stop was attempted. The driver stopped for a moment, jumped out of the vehicle yelling he had a gun, then got back in the vehicle and fled. At the same time, Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office placed a BOLO regarding the armed robbery of a gas station.
The suspect and vehicle description, as well as the tag, matched the information provided by HCSO.
The occupants of the vehicle had reportedly been involved in the armed robbery of the Sunoco gas station at 11931 Highway 301 N minutes prior. Officers then engaged in pursuit of the armed suspect.
At 2:18 PM, the suspect vehicle slowed and the passenger bailed out of the vehicle at E. River Hills Drive and N. Orange View Avenue. The driver continued to wave the gun out of the window and then, once again, fled the scene. The passenger suspect was taken into custody at that time.
As the suspect was fleeing, he hit a white Chevy Camaro near N. 46th St and E. Busch Blvd, a tan Toyota van near E. Hillsborough Ave and N. Nebraska Ave, a mailbox in the 4200 block of E. River Hills Drive and a street sign in the roundabout at N. 40th St and E. Yukon St.
Finally, the driver hit a stop sign at N. Central Ave & E. Genesee St, and came to rest at E. Genesee St and N. Central Ave after hitting retaining wall. Officers took the armed subject into custody. Thankfully there were no injuries.
Both subjects were taken to District Two to be interviewed by detectives from the Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.