Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 15-239 (15-234)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 5, 2015
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Suspect With Violent Criminal History Surrenders

    John Betancourt turned himself in at the Orient Road Jail.
    • Tuesday
    • May 5, 2015
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Hillsborough County


    On May 5, 2015, John Betancourt turned himself in at the Orient Road Jail.

    John Betancourt, Jr.
    DOB: 2/17/1970
    705 Red River Court

    Charges:  Grand Theft (Warrant) and Obstructing or Opposing an Officer w/o Violence (Warrant)

    Warrants Issued:

    John Fabio Betancourt Jr.
    DOB: 02/17/1970
    At Large

    White Male, 5'- 07 to 5-08, 170lbs., shaved short brown hair and brown eyes. He has multiple tattoos on his upper body and on his arms.

    Details (News Release 15-234):

    HCSO detectives are requesting the public's assistance in locating John Fabio Betancourt Jr. who currently has active arrest warrants for grand theft and resist arrest without violence.

    On April 29, 2015 just before 4 pm, Betancourt entered the Walgreens located at 1011 Bloomingdale Ave and was seen putting numerous items inside a bag he was carrying and then exit the store without paying. Betancourt fled on foot when confronted by Walgreens personnel trying to detain him.

    John Fabio Betancourt Jr. uses several aliases and has an extensive violent criminal history from New York, to include prison sentences for robbery. Betancourt has been recently connected to at least one residential and one commercial burglary and is believed to be in the Brandon/Riverview area with no known residential address.

    Anyone with any information reference John Fabio Betancourt Jr. is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200 or anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Betancourt 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 text "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).
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