Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 13-291

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 25, 2013
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Attempted Homicide

    The victim sustained multiple stab wounds.
    • Friday
    • July 19, 2013
    • Time: 4:00 PM
    • 4109 Interlake Drive
    • Tampa, Florida


    Miguel Garzon
    DOB: 2-18-87
    2905 Douglas Street West
    Tampa, Florida


    • Attempted Murder in the First Degree
    • Armed False Imprisonment
    • Robbery with a Weapon
    • Possession of Cocaine
    • Possession of Marijuana


    Taylor Griffie
    DOB: 1-20-94
    4109 Interlake Drive
    Tampa, Florida


    • Attempted Felony Murder
    • Armed False Imprisonment
    • Robbery with a Weapon
    • Tampering with Physical Evidence


    Joshua Smolko
    DOB: 11-25-92
    4739 Lake Ellis Lane
    Land O’Lakes, Fl


    On July 19, 2013, the victim Joshua Smolko received a call from one of the suspects, Taylor Griffie. Griffie asked Smolko to come to his residence, bring some Oxycodone and Griffie would purchase the Oxycodone. The two suspects, Griffie and Garzon conspired to rob the victim once he arrived with the drugs.

    Between 4:00 and 4:30 p.m. the victim had two friends drive him to Griffie’s residence. Smolko entered Griffie’s residence at 4109 Interlake Drive, while his two friends waited outside for him. The victim was inside for a brief amount of time. When the victim exited the residence he had sustained multiple stab wounds to the left side of his body, to include his neck. The victim was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital by his friends.

    Detectives responded to the hospital, interviewed the friends and then responded to the residence of Griffie where the incident had occurred. Prior to detective’s arrival, Griffie had attempted to clean up the crime scene. Griffie was arrested at the scene on July 19, 2013.

    Warrants were issued for the second suspect, Miguel Garzon. Garzon was arrested by detectives on July 24, 2013 at approximately 9:25 p.m. while inside of a business at 906 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.

    As of July 25, 2013 Smolko is still in the hospital recuperating from his injuries.

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