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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 16-512

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • November 30, 2016
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    Suspect Charged With Four Counts Of Aggravated Assault

    The dispute was over a cell phone.
    • Friday
    • November 25, 2016
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • State Road 672 and Heritage Trail Lane


    Daniel Stephen Smith
    DOB: 03/14/80
    802 Normandy Trace Rd.
    Tampa, FL

    Charges: Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (x4)


    Lindsay Robertson (Smith's girlfriend)
    DOB: 10/11/80
    616 W. 65th Ave.
    Bradenton, FL


    Justin Medina
    DOB: 04/18/94

    Erin Fennel
    DOB: 10/31/94

    Jaeda Fennel
    DOB: 11/26/92

    Briana Cipriano
    DOB: 12/14/94


    On November 25, 2016 at approximately 4:30 a.m., detectives were notified of a shooting that had just occurred in the area of State Road 672 and Heritage Trail Lane (a large fenced ranch 2 miles East of Highway 301). Upon arrival on scene, detectives learned that at approximately 3:00 a.m., Justin Medina and three of his friends were leaving the Dallas Bull nightclub and heading home using Uber for transport. Upon entering the Uber, the group found a cell phone on the back seat. The group looked through the phone in an attempt to locate an owner and were able to make phone contact with the boyfriend, Daniel Smith, of the phone owner, Lindsay Robertson. A conversation took place and the two groups made arrangements to meet at the incident location for the purpose of returning the phone.

    Smith and Robertson used another Uber driver to transport them to the meeting spot. Upon arrival, Smith exited the vehicle and met with Erin Fennel to obtain the phone. Medina and the other two remained behind the property gate at the location. At one point during the discussion, Daniel Smith produced a handgun and fired two rounds into the ground and then pointed it at the group and started firing. Erin Fennel took off running and Justin Medina, who had been armed with a .40 caliber Glock, returned fire and struck Smith five times. Upon being hit, Smith ran back to the awaiting Uber car which drove to St Joseph's Hospital South. Medina and his friends returned to the residence on the property and called "911" advising what had occurred.

    Smith was initially treated at St. Joseph's South, then transported to St. Joseph's Main where he was treated for gunshot wounds to the chin, chest, arm, kidney area, and the spine area. On November 30, 2016, Smith was released from the hospital and arrested without incident. Smith is charged with four counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

    After conferring with the State Attorney's Office, no charges will be filed against Medina.
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