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Hillsborough deputies arrest suspect who pushed officer

BRANDON — After an hours-long search, Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies found a Brandon man Thursday night who evaded arrest after pushing a deputy earlier that afternoon.

Deputy Jesus Calderon had tried to arrest Jeston Morffy, 23, at 1:17 p.m. outside his apartment at 308 Lake Parsons Green, authorities said. Morffy had allegedly punched his girlfriend, Shirley Almeida, 18, in the face after an argument, according to a news release.

Calderon handcuffed Morffy from behind and was searching him when Morffy pushed Calderon and ran north through the apartment complex, authorities said.

Deputies caught up with Morffy at about 9:30 p.m. as he tried to break into his apartment through the back door with two other individuals, authorities said.

Morffy has been arrested eight times in Hillsborough County since 2005, according to county arrest records. Two of those arrests, in 2006 and 2009, include charges for attempting to evade police officers.

Hillsborough deputies arrest suspect who pushed officer 02/18/10 [Last modified: Thursday, February 18, 2010 10:10pm]
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