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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 19-233 (19-053)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 28, 2019
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Affairs Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Deputies Identify Suspect

    The suspect ran out of the restaurant, dropping his own cellphone as he fled with the victim's iPhone.
    • Friday
    • January 4, 2019
    • Time: 1:45 PM
    • Steak n Shake
    • 5917 E Hillsborough Avenue
    • Tampa


    A suspect wanted in connection to an iPhone theft has been identified and arrested. On January 4, a victim trying to sell an iPhone XS met with 17-year-old Matthew Eric Blount Junior (DOB: 09/18/2001) inside the Steak n Shake located at 5917 E Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa. After asking to hold the phone, Blount ran out of the restaurant. Detectives were able to locate and arrest Blount on Friday, May 23. He is facing charges of Felony Grand Theft and Misdemeanor Battery.

    Matthew Eric Blount Junior

    Previous News Release 19-053:

    Suspect: Black Adult Male, 22-29 years old, 5'06"-5'09," 150-160 lbs, short black hair, partial beard, wearing all black clothes and red shoes

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man who pretended to buy an iPhone, only to snatch it from the victim and run away. Just before 2 p.m. on January 4, the victim met with an unknown black male inside the Steak n Shake restaurant located at 5917 E Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa to sell his iPhone XS. The victim unlocked the phone and allowed the suspect to hold it for inspection. The suspect ran out of the restaurant, dropping his own cellphone as he fled. The victim picked up the phone, however, the suspect returned to retrieve it. The two struggled over the phone until the suspect was able to get his phone back and flee the scene in a silver 4-door vehicle.

    The suspect is believed to be 22-29 years old, approximately 5'6" to 5'9" and 150-160 lbs. He has short black hair with a partial beard, and he was last seen wearing all black clothing and red shoes.

    Surveillance video of the incident can be found on our HCSO Sheriff Youtube account: https://youtu.be/1wf5riONvIo
    Anyone who recognizes the suspect 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 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.

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