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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 13-270

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 16, 2013
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    Heightened Patrol To Reduce Gang Violence Leads To Two Arrests

    Suspects face felony charges.
    • Monday
    • July 1, 2013
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Dover, Florida

    Suspects:

    Sebastian Guevara
    DOB: 03/29/96
    14753 Blackjack Road
    Dover, FL

    Charges:

    • Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon
    • Minor In Possession Of A Firearm

    Suspect:

    Carlos Perez
    DOB: 08/01/95
    2707 Medulla Road
    Plant City, FL

    Charge:

    • Attempted Murder In The First Degree-Premeditated

    Victims:

    Jose Escamilla
    DOB: 04/20/93
    14869 Haynes Road
    Dover, FL

    Leopoldo Escamilla
    DOB: 08/17/95
    14869 Haynes Road
    Dover, FL

    Details:

    On July 8, 2013, at approximately 6:00 p.m., victim, certified Dover Loco gang member, Jose Escamilla, was having a cookout at his residence located 14869 Haynes Road with several friends, family, and other known Dover Loco gang members. Certified Sur-13 gang member, Sebastian Guevara, rode his bicycle by Escamilla's residence. Guevara started to argue with one of the subjects attending the cookout. The verbal altercation turned physical and several other subjects jumped in. After the fight ended, Guevara advised that he would return.

    Guevara walked to 2976 Dixon Avenue lot #7, and met up with fellow certified Sur-13 gang members to tell them about the incident. They all got into a white, Dodge Dakota truck and drove to Escamilla's house. Escamilla walked outside to see who was at his residence and observed the passenger of the truck with a gun. The subject pointed a small caliber gun at Escamilla and fired multiple gunshots, striking him in the arm. The truck and occupants then fled the scene.

    On July 10, 2013, deputies responded to a fight call at Escamilla's residence. Jose Escamilla's brother, Leopoldo Escamilla, observed three subjects in the cow pasture located directly behind their residence. Escamilla attempted to warn his family and one of the subjects heard him yelling. The subject then pointed an assault rifle at Escamilla and stated, "Rebound Homie." The three subjects then got into a vehicle and left the scene. Escamilla identified Sebastian Guevara as the subject who pointed the assault rifle at him. Guevara was taken into custody on aggravated assault charges at his residence located at 14753 Black Jack Road Lot 4, Dover, Florida.

    On July 12, 2013, HCSO Street Crimes was conducting proactive patrolling of the Dover area and observed the white, Dodge Dakota truck used in the shooting. After interviewing the owner of the vehicle, Carlos Perez was identified as the person who shot Jose Escamilla on July 8, 2013.

    On July 13, 2013, a warrant was obtained to arrest Carlos Perez. Perez was located 45 minutes later at Nesmith Park in the Plant City area and taken into custody.

    Deputies will continue to work on high-visibility patrols to prevent any further violence in the area.

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