Tampa Police Arrest Driver in Road Rage Incident

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DATE/TIME:        Saturday, March 25, at approximately 11:16 p.m.

LOCATION:         Eagles Point Apartments, 14551 N 46th St

SUSPECT:             Hassan Childs, 22 (DOB: 07/06/1994)

CHARGES:           Aggravated Assault (3 counts) and Possession of Cannabis less than 20 grams (1 count)

OTHERS INVOLVED: Jovanni Jimenez, 26 (05/01/1990), Jennifer Jimenez, 31(DOB: 05/19/1985)


After a thorough investigation, Tampa Police officers have made an arrest in the road rage incident that occurred on March 25.  Hasan Childs faces 3 counts of Aggravated Assault and 1 count of Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession.  Childs was taken into custody at a local hospital, where he is still being treated for his injuries.  He is currently listed in stable condition.

On March 25, 2017 at approximately 11:15 p.m., Jovanni Jimenez was driving home eastbound on Skipper Road.  His wife, Jennifer Jimenez, was in the front passenger seat and his 3-year-old son was in the rear driver’s side seat.  As Jimenez was driving, he noticed a Chevy Malibu behind him that was tailgating him and attempting to pass him.  Jimenez pulled over into the Eagle’s Point apartment complex to let the vehicle pass.  The driver of the Chevy Malibu and sole occupant, Hasan Childs, pulled to the passenger side of Jimenez’s stopped vehicle.  Jennifer Jimenez witnessed Childs pointing a silver firearm toward their vehicle.  Jovanni Jimenez did not see the firearm at that time. 

Jovanni continued to drive toward his apartment when Jennifer told him about the other driver pointing a firearm at them.  Jovanni, who has a valid concealed weapons permit, removed his gun from his waistband and placed it on the seat next to his leg. 

When Childs continued to tailgate Jimenez’s vehicle, he again pulled to the side of the road and stopped his car.  Childs pulled to the driver’s side of Jimenez’s vehicle and pointed a silver handgun toward Jovanni Jimenez.  In fear of his life and his family’s life, Jovanni Jimenez fired three rounds at Childs.  Childs was shot in the upper right arm, torso and beneath his arm.  Jimenez then drove home and immediately phoned 9-1-1. 

Childs has an active concealed weapons permit.  A loaded firearm was recovered from his vehicle along with less than 20 grams of cannabis.  He suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Janelle McGregor