Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 11-254

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 26, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Career Criminal Receives 30 Years In Florida State Prison

    Judge requires Davis to serve 100% of his prison sentence.
    • Thursday
    • July 7, 2011
    • Time: 11:44 AM
    • Sweetbay Supermarket
    • 2535 SR 60
    • Valrico, FL


    Antonio Elvy Davis
    DOB: 11/21/64
    105 Warren Street W
    Tampa, FL


    • Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer
    • Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon
    • Peit Theft


    On July 14, 2011, Antonio Elvy Davis was convicted by a jury in Hillsborough County and subsequently sentenced to 30 years in Florida State Prison as a Habitual Felony Offender.

    In late July 2010, HCSO's Law Enforcement Intelligence Nexus Center (LINC) began tracking Antonio Davis through the court system after he was arrested for his latest crime spree on July 7th 2010.

    On July 07, 2010 at approximately 11:44 a.m., Antonio Davis entered Sweetbay Supermarket and attempted to pass a bad check. While waiting for the verification of the check, Davis stole a woman's wallet from her purse in a shopping cart.

    The owner of the wallet witnessed the theft and followed Davis out of the store and through the parking lot. The owner of the wallet began screaming for help and a Good Samaritan driving through the parking lot stopped to help. The Good Samaritan got out of his vehicle and chased Davis who had entered an older model vehicle. Davis then started the car and struck the Good Samaritan as he was fleeing the parking lot. The Good Samaritan received minor injuries.

    HCSO Sgt. George Mosher was on duty driving through the parking lot and witnessed the incident. As Sgt. Mosher activated his emergency lights, the Davis witnessed Sgt. Mosher approaching and rammed Sgt. Mosher's vehicle head on. Sgt. Mosher called for back up while Davis backed his vehicle up and rammed Sgt. Mosher's vehicle again.

    Detective John Graves responded to the call for help and when he pulled into the parking lot, Det. Graves stuck a concrete light pole in the parking lot sustaining a serious but non-life threatening head injury.

    Judge Daniel Sleet sentenced Davis as a Habitual Felony Offender which will require Davis to serve 100 % of his prison term. Judge Sleet advised Davis that his actions endangered the police, innocent shoppers of Sweet Bay, and the citizens in the area with his actions.

    See HCSO Press Release 2010-218 for additional details of the original incident.
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