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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-309

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 5, 2018
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Warrant Issued For Attempted Homicide Suspect

    He was released from prison 3 weeks prior to this incident.
    • Sunday
    • October 22, 2017
    • Time: 2:01 AM
    • 5507 Baptist Church Road
    • Tampa, Florida

    Suspect #1:

    Darren “Fatboy” Gipson
    DOB: 1/27/1989

    Last Known Address: 11179 Bessie Dix Road, Seffner, Florida

    Description: Black Male, 5’8”, 175 lbs, black hair, brown eyes, “Drak” tattoo on right hand “Boy” tatoo on left hand

    Charges: Attempted Felony Murder, Armed Residential Burglary and Grand Theft


    Suspect #2:

    Reginald Brown (Arrested January 31, 2018)
    DOB: 2/15/1993
    20317 Old Somerset Acres

    Charges: Attempted Felony Murder, Armed Burglary of a Dwelling, Grand Theft Third Degree, Resist Officer w/o Violence (Warrant), Poss of Marijuana (Warrant), Poss of Drug Paraphernalia (Warrant)


    HCSO Detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating Darren “Fatboy” Gipson who is wanted for attempted murder. On October 22, 2017, Gipson and Reginald Brown held eight people at gunpoint on the ground while they robbed them. During the robbery, one of the suspects fired a shot from his rifle hitting a victim in his head causing him life threatening injuries. The suspects stole an undetermined amount of cash along with the victims’ cell phones. Reginald Brown was arrested January 31, 2018 and remains in jail with no bond.

    Gipson is a member of the Drak gang, has an extensive criminal history and is currently on felony probation for Battery on Law Enforcement. He was released from prison October 2, 2017 less than 3 weeks before this incident occurred. He was in prison for felony battery, two counts of batter on law enforcement and resist with violence. He has a total of 8 felony convictions in Florida.

    Anyone with any information in reference to the suspect or the incident is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200. 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 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.


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