Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Public safety

Deputies arrest man accused of grabbing Brandon jogger

BRANDON — Deputies have arrested a 37-year-old Valrico man who they say twice grabbed jogging women.

About 10:30 a.m. Thursday, they say, a man jumped from the bushes and grabbed an 18-year-old woman's arm as she jogged with a friend on Natures Way Boulevard in Brandon.

The women later told deputies that they saw a pickup truck drive by several times and thought it was suspicious. They kept jogging, then noticed the pickup truck parked and empty.

A man then jumped out of some nearby bushes and grabbed the 18-year-old woman by the arm. She screamed and was able to run away.

The man ran to his truck and drove away. Deputies arrested Frank Emmanuel Zuniga, of 1004 Cameo Crest Lane, about 3:30 p.m.

He faces charges of false imprisonment and battery.

The Sheriff's Office says he may also be responsible for a similar incident on May 11. Then, another female jogger was headed down Natures Way Boulevard, and a man grabbed her buttocks over her shorts.

Deputies are asking that any other victims contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200.

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