Handcuffed suspect flees traffic stop on foot in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a handcuffed suspect who escaped a traffic stop early Wednesday.

Deputies say around midnight, a Honda SUV was stopped for a traffic violation in the area of Fowler Avenue and 22nd Street, near the University Mall.

There were two occupants in the vehicle and deputies were able to see marijuana in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop. Both suspects were handcuffed standing next to the vehicle. A search of the suspects and vehicle yielded 20 baggies of heroin on the suspect and marijuana in the vehicle.

While deputies were interviewing the suspects and searching the vehicle, the male suspect.

Deputies, assisted by Tampa Police officers, have been searching the area and at this time the suspect has not been located.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says it’s been determined that the name of the suspect who fled the scene is unknown at this time. The passenger arrested at the scene referred to the suspect as “Jesus” but that is all the information released by deputies.

He is described as a Hispanic male, thin build, wearing black shorts and a maroon shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 247-8200 or if you would like to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay 1-800-873-8477.

Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay is offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the unknown suspect involved in this case. Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the 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 http://www.crimestopperstb.com

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