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Man at large after hiding in estranged wife's car, choking her, deputies say

TAMPA — Tania Martinez was on her way to work early Wednesday when she noticed someone in the back seat of her car.

It was her estranged husband, Hillsborough deputies say, and he had a rope.

As Martinez drove on Paris Street at about 6 a.m., the man — Alexis Testa-Yero — put the rope around her neck and started choking her.

As she struggled, she lost control of her car and it hit a fence at 4502 W Paris St.

The car flipped, coming to rest on its wheels. Martinez, 36, was briefly unconscious but came to when her husband began choking her again, authorities say.

They struggled for a while and for reasons that aren't clear, Testa-Yero, 43, ran away.

Paramedics treated Martinez at the scene.

Deputies say they obtained a warrant for Testa-Yero's arrest on an aggravated battery charge and were looking for him Wednesday.

Man at large after hiding in estranged wife's car, choking her, deputies say 02/27/13 [Last modified: Thursday, February 28, 2013 12:07am]

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