Thursday, April 19, 2018
Public safety

Three men accused in Tampa Howard Johnson robbery, shooting

TAMPA — Police arrested three men Thursday in a late-night robbery in which a man was shot outside a hotel on Dale Mabry Highway.

An investigation that followed the shooting Wednesday outside the Howard Johnson Hotel at 2055 N Dale Mabry led police to a home just around the corner at 3913 W Cherry St., officials said. A 2005 silver Nissan Maxima at the home matched the description of one that was seen leaving the area just after the robbery.

When officers approached the car, they found 19-year-old Chance Estrada sleeping inside, officials said. Estrada was later arrested along with Chad Barnett, 23, whom officers found on the home's front porch trying, they said, to hide a handgun that had been stolen from the shooting victim.

Police said that hours earlier, Barnett, Estrada and James Stewart, 64, confronted a man outside the hotel and robbed him. During a struggle, the man was shot in the wrist. He ran and collapsed outside a nearby LongHorn Steakhouse.

The man, whose identity was not released, remained in guarded condition Thursday at a local hospital, police said.

Barnett and Estrada were taken to the Hillsborough County jail and booked on charges of attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery.

Officers later found Stewart at St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was being treated for a gunshot wound, police said. He said he had been wounded in an unrelated shooting. He also will be charged once released, police said.

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