Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Hillsborough deputies searching for suspects in armed kidnappings in University area

TAMPA — Deputies were searching Friday for several suspects who kidnapped two men in separate incidents and forced them to withdraw money from ATMs in the University area.

The first incident happened about 4 a.m. Wednesday, when two armed men forced a victim into his car at the Oak Bend Apartments, 1550 University Woods Place, and drove him to the Bank of America branch at Fowler and Nebraska avenues, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

The men forced him to withdraw money, drove him back to his apartment and ran away.

One suspect was described a as a black male in his early to late 20s, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall with a thin build. The other suspect was about 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a thin build. Both were wearing dark clothes and ski masks and were armed with black handguns.

The second kidnapping happened about 11:45 p.m. Thursday, when a man and two teens approached a man sitting in his vehicle outside the Spanish Trace Apartments, 1480 Villena Ave., deputies said.

Two of the males were armed. They forced the victim into the passenger seat and drove to several locations, forcing the man to withdraw money and purchase several items, deputies said. They then drove the man back to his apartment, left him and his car, and ran away.

One was a light-skinned black man in his early 20s. He was about 5 feet, 7 inches with a slim, muscular build and a buzz cut. He was wearing a black hooded sweater, dark pants, black shoes and black gloves, and had a black handgun.

The other two suspects were black and about 15 or 16 years old, deputies said. One had darker skin, a thin build and a fade haircut. He was wearing a black hoodie and had a black handgun.

The other was about 5 feet, 8 inches with a medium complexion and longer fade haircut. He was wearing a black hoodie and baggy shorts

Anyone with information may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477, or report anonymously at crimestopperstb.com.

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