Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 15-607 (15-603)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • December 1, 2015
    • Contact Person:
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    • 813-247-8060

    Double Homicide Suspect Arrested

    Suspect admits to killing homeless couple.
    • Monday
    • November 30, 2015
    • Time: 7:30 PM
    • Hillsborough County


    Throughout the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Ricky Hathorn was with the victims in the early morning hours of November 28, 2015. Post Miranda, Hathorn admitted to beating the victims.

    Hathorn was charged with First Degree Felony Murder, Sexual Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Second Degree Murder with a Weapon.


    Ricky Fitzgerald Hathorn
    DOB: 06/02/69
    At Large

    First Degree Felony Murder
    Sexual Battery with a Deadly Weapon
    Second Degree Murder with a Weapon

    Previous Release 15-603:

    Tommy Skeens
    DOB: 10/22/63
    No known address

    Lara Kuchar
    DOB: 06/27/70
    No known address

    On November 30, 2015 at 7:26 am, deputies discovered a deceased female and a deceased male at 7702 E. Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa. Both of the victims suffered severe upper body trauma.

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