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Carrollwood standoff leads to three arrests, one warrant

CARROLLWOOD ­— An alcohol-fueled dispute involving a shotgun lead to a several-hours standoff with Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies Friday night, culminating in three arrests, deputies said. A fourth suspect, now wanted for resisting arrest, violating a domestic violence injunction and illegal immigration, remains on the loose.

It all started at about 9:30 p.m., when deputies responded to a call about a fight in the front yard of 5110 Lawnton Court, in Carrollwood. The caller reported that there were three men in the yard, one of whom was brandishing a shotgun.

When deputies arrived, they saw two men leaving in a pickup truck. Deputies stopped the truck at the corner of Leverington Street and Lowell Road in an attempt to find out whether they were the suspects or the victims.

While still talking to the men in the truck, later deemed victims, several people gathered on the front lawn of the Lawnton Court house. When deputies approached, they said, the people ran inside.

From the front yard, deputies said they heard what sounded like the pumping action of a shotgun and called for backup.They then blocked off the house and began trying to make contact with the people inside.

One female eventually picked up a phone and told deputies she and four other people were inside.

Neighbors told deputies they thought they saw one of the suspects run out the back door.

Members of the county's SWAT team responded and continued negotiations with people inside the house for another several hours.

Finally, deputies said, two women, 31-year-old Aisel Burgos and 42-year-old Lara Villavicencio, came outside with four children. Deputies said the women were uncooperative and refused to give any information about who else was still inside or where the suspect went.

About an hour and a half later, another woman, 27-year-old Glenda Callega, came outside and was similarly uncooperative.

SWAT members finally entered the house at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, but found no one inside.

Deputies do not know what sparked the initial dispute between the suspect with the shotgun, later identified as Victor Hugo Benavides, 39, and the two other men. Deputies said it seemed everyone at the address had been drinking.

All three women were arrested on obstruction charges, and Callego was turned over to investigators from U.S. Border Patrol after deputies said they discovered she was an illegal immigrant from Honduras.

Two young boys, ages 7 and 10, were turned over to child protective services, and two others, ages 1 and 13, were put in custody of other family members, deputies said.

A warrant was issued for Benavides, on two counts of aggravated assault charges, a charge of resisting arrest without violence and another for violating an injunction by calling his wife, a victim of prior domestic violence, during the day.

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Carrollwood standoff leads to three arrests, one warrant 02/12/11 [Last modified: Saturday, February 12, 2011 9:39am]
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