Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-279

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 23, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Roommate Arrested For Murder

    Suspect arrested in Ocala.
    • Saturday
    • July 21, 2012
    • Time: 11:30 PM
    • 1510 East 140 Avenue, Apt. D
    • Tampa, Florida



    Hispanic Male
    DOB:  7-10-86
    Next of kin has not been notified.


    Candelario Herrera –Vazquez
    DOB: 2-2-88
    1510 East 140 Avenue, Apt.D
    Tampa, FL


    • First Degree Murder


    On July 21, 2012 at approximately 2:00 a.m., the victim and the defendant (who reside together as roommates) became involved in a physical altercation. At approximately, 11:30 a.m. detectives were called to the apartment in reference to a deceased Hispanic male. One of the five individuals that reside at the apartment discovered the deceased in a locked bedroom when the victim did not open the door. The victim was discovered deceased with trauma to the upper body.

    During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that the suspect had fled the Tampa area to Sarasota County and had discarded the murder weapon (machete) in a nearby public trash can, which was later discovered by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Department. The defendant then purchased a bus ticket to Mexico and boarded a bus in Wimauma with one stop in Ocala. On July 22, 2012, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and dispatched deputies, who detained the suspect until Hillsborough detectives could arrive in Ocala.
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