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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 14-123 (14-121)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 26, 2014
    • Contact Person:
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    • 813-247-8060

    Sur 13 Gang Member Arrested For Armed Robbery Of An Elderly Person

    The suspect approached the elderly victim from behind and placed a knife to the victim's throat.
    • Monday
    • March 24, 2014
    • Time: 2:30 PM
    • Kween Kleen Laundromat
    • 11024 US Hwy 41 S
    • Gibsonton, FL

    UPDATE:

    Detectives were able to identify the suspect as Hipoloto M. Varona. Varona was arrested at his home on March 26, 2014 without incident.

    Arrested:

    Hipolito M. Varona
    DOB: 06/19/93
    7026 Nundy Ave. Lot 17
    Gibsonton, FL

    Charges:

    • Armed Robbery
    • False Imprisonment
    • Battery on a Person 65 or Older

    Victim:

    Richard Crone, Jr.
    DOB: 07/16/38

    Suspect: 

    Hispanic male, 20-25 years of age, 5'9”-6'0”, 170-190 lbs., short dark hair and multiple tattoos on his forearm. Last seen wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and black basketball shorts with white stripes down the sides.
     

    Details:

    On March 24, 2014 at 2:30 p.m., a Hispanic male entered the Kween Kleen Laundromat located at 11024 US Hwy 41 S in Gibsonton. The suspect approached the elderly victim from behind and placed a knife to the victim's throat. The suspect then forced the victim to the ground and stole an undisclosed amount of money from the victim before leaving the scene.

    Anyone with any information reference the suspect is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 247-8200 or anyone with any information regarding the identity and whereabouts of this suspect and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or text "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).
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