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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 12-270

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 17, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Suspect Arrested For Attempted Murder

    Victim suffered life threatening injuries.
    • Saturday
    • July 14, 2012
    • Time: 4:00 AM
    • 1701 Skipper Road #114
    • Tampa, Florida


    David J. Lewis
    DOB: 5/27/1987
    1701 Skipper Road #114
    Tampa, Florida


    • Attempted Murder in the Second Degree
    • Grand Theft Motor Vehicle
    • Felony Battery
    • Grand Theft (VOP)
    • Burglary of an Unoccupied (VOP)

    Victim #1: 

    Charles Price
    DOB: 12/06/1986
    1701 Skipper Road #117
    Tampa, Florida

    Victim #2:

    Elizabeth Lawson
    DOB: 03/23/1986
    1701 Skipper Road #114
    Tampa, Florida


    On July 14, 2012, at approximately 4:00 a.m., the suspect David Lewis entered the home at 1701 Skipper Road #114, where he and victim #2 live together. Lewis approached victim #1 Charles Price, who was seated on the living room sofa, made a statement disrespecting him and struck Price approximately twenty-five times in the face and head.

    Price fell to the floor unconscious. Lewis then turned and punched victim #2, Elizabeth Lawson in the face causing a laceration which required sutures. Lewis then grabbed an empty Captain Morgan bottle from the top of the television and struck the unconscious Price over the head, shattering the bottle. Lewis then struck Price in the face with a closed fist one more time.

    Lewis then took Lawson’s cell phone and keys. He told her to leave and call the police. Before leaving Lewis also stated to Lawson, “If you tell the police I’m the one who did this, I will kill you.” The suspect Lewis walked out of the residence, started Lawson’s vehicle, then reentered the residence and kicked an unconscious Price. Lewis then fled the scene.

    Charles Price was transported to Tampa General Hospital with life threatening injuries.

    David Lewis was arrested at 12007 Big Bend Road. Following an interview with detectives, Lewis admitted to the offenses.
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