Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 17-168

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 14, 2017
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Fugitive Captured Chilling In AC Duct

    When deputies arrived, they could hear someone scurrying around in the attic.
    • Thursday
    • April 13, 2017
    • Time: 6:15 PM
    • 4004 West Hamilton Avenue

    Arrested:


    Larry Gaetano Puleo
    DOB: 11/30/1969
    4004 W. Hamilton Ave.
    Tampa, FL

    Charges:

    • VOP - Introduction of Contraband into Detention Facility
    • VOP - Possession of Heroin
    • Resisting Arrest Without Violence

    Details:

    Hillsborough County, FL - On April 13, 2017 at approximately 6:15 pm, the District III Street Crimes responded to 4004 W. Hamilton Ave. to locate Larry G. Puleo who had warrants for Violation of Probation (Introduction of Contraband into Detention Facility) and Violation of Probation (Possession of Heroin). When deputies arrived, they could hear someone scurrying around in
    the attic. K9 Deputy Ferreira and his K9 "Joker" made numerous announcements requesting Puleo to surrender.

    After approximately one hour and no response from Puleo, deputies searched the attic but could not locate him. Deputies began checking for any potential escape routes and discovered the only other possible way out was through the air conditioning duct in a bedroom closet leading into the attic. Deputies cut a hole in the duct and discovered Puleo hiding inside. Puleo was stuck and began pleading for deputies to get him out because he was freezing. Deputies cut a hole large enough for Puleo to physically remove himself from the duct. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue transported Puleo to St. Joseph's Hospital where he was treated and released for hypothermia. Puleo was transported and booked into Orient Road Jail where he is being held without bond.

      
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