Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-329

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • August 28, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Verbal Argument Turns Physical

    Suspect throws gasoline on victim and attempts to ignite lighter.
    • Sunday
    • August 26, 2012
    • Time: 10:20 PM
    • Choctaw Village Mobile Home Park
    • 142nd Avenue E
    • Tampa, FL

    Suspect:
     


    Michael Tony Cala
    DOB: 5-28-63
    2301 East 148th Avenue
    Tampa, Florida

    Charges:

    • Aggravated assault with deadly weapon
    • Battery

    Victim:
     

    Micah Williams
    DOB: 9-25-84
    15624 Choctaw Village Drive
    Tampa, Florida

    Details:
     

    On August 26, 2012 at approximately 10:20 p.m., the victim and suspect got into a verbal argument that turned physical. The suspect began calling the victim a racial slur over and over again. The suspect grabbed a gas can and began dousing the contents on the victim's front porch while yelling racial obscenities for him to come outside. The victim confronted the suspect and the suspect began chasing the victim throughout the mobile home park with the gas can and doused the accelerant (gas) on the victim. The suspect then began sparking a lighter and continued to chase the victim in an attempt to set him on fire. The arrestee yelled numerous racial slurs and stated to the victim several times, "Die, N------ Die". The victim was placed in fear for his life. Deputies responded to the mobile home park and came in contact with the victim and the suspect. The suspect was arrested without incident at the scene on the above charges.
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