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Homeowner foils third escape attempt in Tampa

TAMPA — Alfred Junius Davis almost got away.

Three times.

And it was only after a citizen intervened that police finally got their man.

On Sunday night, two Tampa police officers saw Davis, 30, urinating on a building in a public parking lot in Ybor City and tried to arrest him for disorderly conduct. But Davis, of 8511 N 16th St., ran away, damaging a gate at the Florida Department of Interior building, according to an arrest report.

The officers caught Davis but could not identify him. A friend, 22-year-old Marcedonia Egeni Bellamy, was called to the scene to tell police who he was. Police later found out she gave them the wrong first name. They arrested Davis and put him in the back seat of a police car, the report states.

Davis didn't give up.

On the way to move Davis from the car to a police transport van headed to jail, he jumped out of the rear passenger window and ran away again, police said.

"It's unclear how he escaped but he somehow escaped out of the police car," said police spokeswoman Andrea Davis. The escape will be reviewed to see if department policies were violated, she said.

Police had discovered that Alfred Davis had four arrest warrants — on charges of robbery, auto burglary and throwing a deadly missile; failure to appear in court for a marijuana possession charge; domestic battery and criminal mischief; and habitually driving without a license.

On Monday, deputies found Bellamy and charged her with obstruction of justice for telling them that Davis' first name was Amelio. She also kept Davis at her 16th Street home while police were looking for him.

Deputies used Bellamy's phone to try to find Davis, sending him fake text messages to set up a meeting. But he recognized the undercover police car, a brown Buick, and ran again.

About 8 p.m. Tuesday, Hillsborough sheriff's deputies and U.S. marshals tracked Davis to an address near N 24th Street in Tampa with help from a confidential source.

This time, Davis tried to escape through a back yard and into 2212 Martin Luther King Blvd., pushing past the homeowner. But the homeowner, listed as Debbie Hannah, held him to the ground and waited for officers, police said. Hannah could not be reached for comment.

When they arrived, they arrested Davis again. Officers also found Ecstasy in Davis' black Ford F-150.

Davis was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, fleeing police, burglary and battery, resisting arrest with violence, possession of Ecstasy and the charges for which his warrants were issued. He is being held at the Hillsborough County Jail without bail.

This was Davis' 20th arrest in Hillsborough County, with charges ranging from drug possession to burglary and battery.

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Homeowner foils third escape attempt in Tampa 07/08/09 [Last modified: Thursday, July 9, 2009 9:20pm]
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