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    Release Number: 16-424

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • September 22, 2016
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Battery on LEO Suspect At Large

    He is considered dangerous and is a habitual offender.
    • Wednesday
    • September 21, 2016
    • Time: 11:22 AM
    • 142nd Avenue E / 12th Street N
    • Tampa, Florida


    Rodshee Jermaine Rayford
    DOB: 06/05/1979


    On September 21, 2016 at approximately 11:22 a.m., Deputy Steve Gutierrez conducted a seatbelt violation stop at 142nd Av. E/ 12th St. N. The suspect vehicle (black Toyota), driven by an unknown white female and a black male passenger, pulled into the Stop and Shop located at 1201 142nd St. Prior to Deputy Gutierrez being able to voice the vehicle tag information, the black male passenger began to open the passenger door. Deputy Gutierrez approached the passenger, explained to both the purpose of the stop and then asked them for their driver's license. The black male, later identified as Rodshee Jermaine Rayford, exited the vehicle, shoved the deputy and a struggle ensued. Deputy Gutierrez utilized his ECD "taser" which proved to be ineffective. A foot pursuit ensued and the subject is now at large.  Rayford has an outstanding warrant for Parole Violation and now has additional charges for Battery on LEO. He is considered dangerous and is a habitual offender. Previous charges include Robbery with a Firearm, Carjacking with a Firearm, Kidnapping and Assault or Terrorize.

    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. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.
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