Family fought to help man flee, police say
A man accused of choking his girlfriend at a Tampa apartment Sunday night had two close partners in crime, police said — his mother and brother, who fought officers to help him escape. Anthony Gonzalez-Fuentes, 21, ran from officers at the Presbyterian Village Apartments at 705 W Green St. about 7:15 p.m. after his girlfriend told police she received a cut to her face while defending herself. Gonzalez-Fuentes' brother, Alexander Gonzalez, 22, knocked an officer to the ground when police began their pursuit, police said. Officers hit more resistance when they found the suspect, this time from his 45-year-old mother, Sara Fuentes. She kicked an officer in the leg before being taken to the ground and handcuffed, police said. Gonzalez was charged with battery on an officer, aiding escape and escape from confinement. Fuentes faces counts of battery on an officer and aiding escape. The family members are being held at the Orient Road Jail.
Man sentenced to life for slaying
Convicted for the death of his former lover, Stanley Larry Telfare turned to the victim's family in court Monday and called it a "freak accident." He apologized to Elalia Walker's relatives and his own, but stopped short of accepting responsibility for the Blake High School secretary's death. "I never wanted to do any harm to her," said Telfare, 48. Hillsborough Circuit Judge Anthony Black sentenced Telfare to life in prison and five years for false imprisonment of Walker, 40. Telfare was convicted of second-degree murder and false imprisonment in February.
Federal charges filed in steroid case
Federal charges have been filed against a Lakeland man who authorities say boasted of selling steroids to professional athletes, including players on the Washington Nationals and Capitals. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa announced Monday that Richard Thomas, 35, faces a federal charge of possessing and selling anabolic steroids. Authorities say they have no evidence that he sold to professional athletes. The teams have denied the claims.
One man arrested in kidnap-slaying
Authorities have arrested a St. Petersburg man in connection with the murder of Cedric Green, whose body was found in a vehicle Thursday in Tampa. Witnesses say they saw Maurice Tajuan Allen and another man kidnap Green, 36, around the 1800 block of 14th Street S between 4 and 5 a.m. Hours later, Green's body was found at Air Animal Pet Movers, 4120 W Cypress St. Allen, 27, of 962 Paullanza Drive S was arrested Sunday on a charge of armed kidnapping. Authorities are looking for the second suspect.