Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-005

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 6, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry Mckinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8094

    Update on Shooting Investigation

    Office complex shooting results in arrest.
    • Friday
    • January 6, 2012
    • Time: 1:47 PM
    • Hughey Behavioral Inc.
    • 9350 Bay Plaza Blvd.
    • Tampa, FL



    Hughey, Sarah
    DOB 12-29-61
    1114 Kingfish Place
    Apollo Beach, FL


    Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon
    False Information to Law Enforcement During an Investigation


    Howard, Arthur C
    DOB: 07/30/1981
    15023 Willow Way, Apt C
    Clearwater, FL 


    On October 17, 2011 at approximately 4:30 pm, Arthur Howard arrived at Sarah Hughey's office and was greeted by the receptionist in the front lobby. Once he arrived, Mr. Howard was summoned to speak to Sarah Hughey's in her office.

    During their encounter in her office, it was reported that Arthur Howard asked to retrieve items which belonged to him. At some point after this victim entered Hughey's office and while a discussion about property was taking place, he was shot once in the upper right chest area by Sarah Hughey.

    After an extensive investigation and numerous interviews, detectives concluded that Sarah Hughey was attempting to impede the investigation by providing untruthful answers regarding her personal relationship with Arthur Howard and that she had purchased numerous items for him.

    Sarah Hughey turned herself into the Hillsborough County Jail and was later released on her on recognizance. 

    Previous News Releases

    Previous Release #1

    Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies have arrested 49 year old Sarah Hughey charging her with Insurance Fraud and False Report to Law Enforcement.

    Sarah Hughey
    DOB 12-29-61
    1114 Kingfish Place
    Apollo Beach, FL

    Insurance Fraud
    False Report to Law Enforcement

    On September 29, 2011 Hughey reported a burglary to her residence at 1114 Kingfish Place in Apollo Beach that she shares with her husband. Hughey reported the theft of property valued at $13,936 and signed a sworn statement to that affect. On October 5, 2011 Hughey filed a claim with her insurance company and was subsequently paid $1,925. On October 19, 2011 deputies interviewed a witness that had been involved in an intimate relationship with Hughey for approximately six months. The witness accompanied Hughey to her residence on September 27, 2011 where she retrieved several pieces of gold jewelry. The witness and Hughey drove to the International Flea Market located at 11309 Nebraska Avenue north where the witness sold the jewelry for $2,900 to an individual at the flea market. Hughey informed the witness that she would report the jewelry stolen to cover the fact that the jewelry was missing from her home. The facts establish that Hughey knowingly reported a false
    insurance claim with the intent to defraud the insurance company and knowingly gave false information concerning the commission of a crime. Hughey was taken into custody today at approximately 3:00 p.m. at Big Bend Road and Interstate 75.

    Previous Release #2


    At approximately 4:50 p.m. on October 17, 2011 deputies responded to a shooting at Hughey Behavioral Inc. located at 9350 Bay Plaza Blvd. Suite 120 , Office 27 in Tampa. Preliminary information was that a female at the office
    building had shot a male individual inside the office. When deputies arrived they discovered a male outside the business. The male had been shot in the right shoulder. He was transported to Tampa General Hospital with non life threatening injuries. The female remained at the office until deputies arrived. Detectives have interviewed and released the female, Sarah Hughey.

    Investigators have learned that the male and Sarah Hughey have known each other for several months. The investigation continues and detectives will be reviewing the case with the State Attorney's Office.

    Male - Arthur Cornelius Howard
    DOB 07-03-81
    15023 Willow Way, Apt. C
    Clearwater, FL

    Female - Sarah Hughey
    DOB 12-29-61
    Hughey Behavioral Inc.
    9350 Bay Plaza Blvd.
    Tampa, FL
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