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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 17-654

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • November 3, 2017
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    • 813-247-8060

    Uber Driver Charged With Armed Robbery & Armed Kidnapping

    Deputies looking for a second suspect.
    • Tuesday
    • October 31, 2017
    • Time: 9:00 PM
    • 5223 Orient Road
    • Tampa, Florida

    Arrested:

    Christian Kirby Noda
    DOB: 12/06/1995
    11626 Purple Lilac Cr
    Orlando, FL

    Charges:

    Armed Robbery With A Firearm
    Armed Kidnapping

     

    Victim:

    Hayat Brancheau
    Age 74
    Address withheld pending arrest of second suspect
    Sarasota, FL

     

    Details:

    On 10/31/17 at approximately 9 pm, the victim ordered an Uber ride share service at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino located at 5223 Orient Road, Tampa, Florida. The defendant, Christian Kirby Noda, the Uber driver, picked up the victim to drive her back to her residence. The defendant told the victim he needed to check the air of his vehicle's tires and stopped at 3939 N. Hwy 301, in Tampa.

    While the defendant was attending to his vehicle, a masked black male, approached the vehicle and told the victim, who was seated in the right front passenger seat, to exit the vehicle and get back into the backseat. The victim, who was in fear of her life, complied and sat in the backseat. The defendant stated "do what he says, he has a gun" and sat in the driver's seat. The unknown black male ordered the defendant to drive the vehicle to several banks and withdraw money from the victim's debit card while the unknown black male removed two (2) five hundred dollar poker chips from the victim's purse.

    The unknown male and defendant drove the victim to 12877 E, Hwy 92 in Dover, FL, a Speedway Gas Station, then ordered the victim to exit the vehicle. The unknown male and the defendant then switched seats and the unknown male drove the vehicle away. Through further investigation, it was determined the victim's debit card was used in several location in Polk and Osceola Counties.Upon interviewing the defendant during a non-custodial interview, he advised he was not a victim, but planned to rob an Uber passenger and stated he specifically drove to Tampa from Orlando to find a passenger. He voluntarily advised this plan "was his strategy" and his accomplice was armed with a
    replica firearm. There is no evidence at this point that the victim was targeted prior to exiting the casino.

    Post Miranda he declined to make a statement, but was in possession of the two (2) missing poker chips.

    Christian Noda turned himself in to authorities at the Osceola County Jail in Osceola County, Florida.

    Anyone with any information reference the unidentified suspect is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200 or anyone with any information regarding the identity 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 send a mobile tip using our P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.

    The investigation continues.

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