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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.

Three men accused in Tampa Howard Johnson robbery, shooting 10/24/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 24, 2013 10:49pm]

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