Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 17-173 (17-160)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 21, 2017
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Fugitive Apprehended

    Detectives later determined the GMC pickup Esparza was driving was a stolen vehicle reported to the Plant City Police Department.
    • Thursday
    • April 20, 2017
    • Time: 7:00 AM
    • US Highway 92 and Turkey Creek
    • Plant City, Florida

    Arrested:


    Jose Alberto Esparza "Albert"
    DOB: 7/22/77
    At Large

    Warrants:

    • Home Invasion Robbery with Firearm
    • Aggravated Assault
    • Burglary of Unoccupied Dwelling
    • Grand Theft $300-$5000
    • Possession of Controlled Substance
    • Carrying Concealed Firearm
    • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
    • Possession of Short-Barreled Rifle
    • Possession of Firearm with Altered Serial Number

    Details:

    On April 20, at approximately 7 am, the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force and HCSO detectives spotted Esparza driving a GMC pickup truck in the area of US Highway 92 and Turkey Creek in Plant City.

    Esparza realized he was being followed and began attempting to evade the detectives.  Additional units began converging into the area including an HCSO Aviation Unit and K9 Units. Esparza was followed through eastern Hillsborough County, Plant City and Polk County until he stopped just West of Charlie Griffith Rd on Mud Lake Road in Plant City and fled on foot though a residential neighborhood. After a brief foot chase, Esparza was located and arrested without further incident.

    Detectives later determined the GMC pickup Esparza was driving was a stolen vehicle reported to the Plant City Police Department.

    Esparza was charged with Grand Theft Auto, Fleeing to Elude and the multiple outstanding arrest warrants. Esparza was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail with no bond.


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