Tampa Police Partner with US Marshals Task Force to Arrest Couple Wanted in Six Armed Robberies
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ARREST DATE/TIME: March 20, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 8711 Meadowview Circle, Tampa
SUSPECT #1: Justin Burgess, DOB: 11/17/1984, W/M, (address)
SUSPECT #2: Heather Herrera, DOB: 10/10/1980, W/F, (address)
CHARGES: TPD—Armed Robbery (4 counts) HCSO—Armed Robbery (1 count) St. Petersburg PD—Armed Robbery (1 count)
The male and female suspects wanted for a string of armed robberies, including three robberies involving a stun gun, are now behind bars. Shortly after 1 p.m. on March 20, Tampa Police detectives along with the US Marshals Task Force took Justin Burgess and Heather Herrera into custody, while they were standing in front of a Citrus Park area home. Both suspects were transported to the Tampa Police Department’s District One headquarters where they were interviewed by detectives from TPD, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and St. Petersburg Police Department. The suspects were cooperative with the detectives from each agency.
TPD detectives charged Burgess and Herrera with committing three armed robberies that took place overnight on March 18. During this recent crime spree, the suspects used a gun to rob victims at two separate Bank of America ATM locations before robbing a couple sitting inside their car at a hotel parking garage. The suspects were also charged with a February 27 armed robbery, where Burgess shocked a man with a stun gun and then stole his medication.
Detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Petersburg Police Department each charged the couple with one count of armed robbery. In both cases, the couple used a stun gun to shock victims and steal their cash and personal belongings.
Tampa Police detectives started receiving tips from the public, fifteen minutes after sharing surveillance video and photos of the couple on social media. The posts from the March 18 armed robbery at a Bank of America ATM generated up to 30 tips that came through the department’s police dispatch and Crime Stoppers. Several of those tips led them to Herrera. Numerous individuals, including Herrera’s probation officer, positively identified her as the female suspect seen on the surveillance footage. Her probation officer also helped detectives identify Burgess, Herrera’s boyfriend, as an accomplice.
Tampa Police detectives transported Burgess and Herrera to the Hillsborough County Jail where they each will be booked on six counts of armed robbery.