DOVER — Efforts to combat gangs in eastern Hillsborough County paid off this week as deputies arrested two teens suspected in a series of violent confrontations.
Sebastian Guevara and Carlos Perez, both 17, are members of a gang known as Sur-13, according to sheriff's officials. It is one of two gangs that officials blame for assorted criminal acts in east Hillsborough. The other is the Dover Locos.
In the early evening of July 8, Guevara rode past the home of Dover Loco gang member Jose Escamilla, at 14869 Haynes Road, authorities said. Escamilla, 20, was having a cookout with friends when Guevara appeared and began to argue with another Dover Loco in attendance.
The argument turned physical. Several people broke up the fight, after which Guevara vowed he would return, deputies said. He did, with a truckload of his fellow Sur-13s.
Escamilla walked outside to see who was there. Perez, who was in the truck, fired a small caliber gun, hitting Escamilla in the arm, authorities said. The truck fled.
Two days later, Escamilla's brother, Leopoldo Escamilla, 17, was walking in their home's back yard, when he spotted Guevara and two other men standing in a cow pasture nearby.
Escamilla yelled to warn his family. Guevara then pointed a rifle at him and, according to deputies, issued a warning:
The three then fled, but deputies later found Guevara at his Dover home. The 17-year-old was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The following Saturday, authorities obtained a warrant for Perez on an attempted murder charge. He was arrested the same day in Plant City.
Sheriff's officials plan to increase patrols in the area to prevent further violence.