Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Public safety

Fugitive sought in South Florida safely apprehended in Clearwater area

CLEARWATER — A fugitive wanted by police in the Miami area on multiple counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer was arrested Wednesday in Clearwater as he pulled away from a Burger King, authorities said.

Pinellas and Hillsborough sheriff's deputies, aided by detectives from the Hialeah Police Department in South Florida, apprehended Andy Roman, 23, at McMullen-Booth Road and Crest Drive, north of Sunset Point Road in unincorporated Pinellas County near Clearwater.

Roman was arrested as a female acquaintance drove him away from the Burger King in a blue Dodge Durango, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Roman was being pursued by the Hialeah police on five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, the Pinellas Sheriff's Office said.

He fired an assault rifle and submachine gun from a moving car at police officers in Hialeah on Sunday night, according to Hialeah police.

Carl Zogby, spokesman for the Hialeah Police Department, praised Tampa Bay area law enforcement officers for conducting the arrest without anyone getting hurt.

According to a statement released by Hialeah police, Roman was arrested at noon and "did not offer any resistance when confronted by the overwhelming show of force" used by sheriff's deputies.

Zogby said people should be relieved that Roman is off the street.

"He was Dade County's most wanted for about 48 hours," Zogby said. "Absolutely: We're happy to have caught him. He's a very dangerous guy."

Detectives are interviewing the woman who was driving the Durango, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Roman was tracked from South Florida to the Tampa area by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Hillsborough sheriff's deputies then determined that he was in Pinellas County, and informed the Pinellas Sheriff's Office, authorities said.

Peter Jamison can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 445-4157. To write a letter to the editor, go to tampabay.com/letters.

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