Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 14-184

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 16, 2014
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Suspect Crashes Stolen Vehicle

    Deputies quickly apprehend the suspect.
    • Thursday
    • May 15, 2014
    • Time: 3:55 PM
    • Bull Frog Creek Road

    Driver: 


    Hector Galarza
    DOB: 11/14/96
    1413 Zulia Court
    Ruskin, FL

    Charges:

    • Grand Theft Auto
    • Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Injury
    • Kidnapping (x2)
    • Carjacking
    • Felony Battery
    • Driving while License Suspended

    Passenger: 

    Daniel Mariano
    DOB: 01/28/99
    3324 Lenfred Drive
    Wimauma, FL

    Charges:

    • Pending

    Details:

    On May 15, 2014 at 3:55 p.m., two males were traveling north in a stolen vehicle on Bull Frog Creek Rd. when the driver of the vehicle lost control and crashed half-mile north of Old Big Bend Rd. Upon crashing, the driver exited the vehicle and ran up to a witness that had stopped to assist and attempt to steal her car to flee. When he was unsuccessful, he ran up to another witness and jumped into her car while she was rendering aid to the passenger. He attempted to leave in her vehicle with the witness' 2-year-old child in the backseat. When the witness realized what he was doing, she ran back to her vehicle, jumped inside and began to struggle with the driver. After a brief struggle, the driver exited the vehicle and ran into the woods. The passenger in the vehicle was injured in the crash and remained at the scene. Deputies arrived at the scene and set up a perimeter as they searched for the driver. The passenger was transported to TGH as a precaution. At 6:00 p.m., with the assistance of K-9 and aviation, deputies located and arrested the driver nearby.
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