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Freddie Lopez Jr.
Last known address: 119 9th Street NE, Ruskin, FL 33570
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man wanted for kidnapping his ex-girlfriend Tuesday
morning, September 11
, in Wimauma.
Around 6:30 a.m., the victim was sitting in the passenger seat of a maroon 1999 Ford F-150 in front of a gas station convenience store, 5802 State Road 674, as a friend went inside to make a purchase.
The victim's ex-boyfriend, Freddie Lopez Jr., 31, drove into the parking lot in a silver Chrysler Pacifica. He got out of his vehicle and opened the door of the truck the victim was sitting in. As Lopez climbed into the vehicle, the victim tried to get out. Lopez grabbed her around the neck and pulled her back inside.
The victim was able to escape his grip when her friend pulled her from the open door of the truck as Lopez drove out of the parking space. Lopez was last seen fleeing westbound on State Road 674 in the stolen truck. The vehicle was recovered about a mile from where the incident occurred, but Lopez has not been found.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has issued a warrant for his arrest. Detectives are asking for the public's help in locating Lopez. He is facing charges of Kidnapping, Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Domestic Violence Battery. Additional charges could follow.
Lopez is approximately 5'5," 220lbs, and his last known address is at 119 9th Street Northeast in Ruskin. Anyone who sees Lopez should not approach him.
Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Lopez is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. You may also send an anonymous tip from a smart phone using the HCSOSheriff app available on both Android and Apple products. To be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com
or send a mobile tip using their 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.