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Valrico theft suspect caught by Hillsborough detectives

TAMPA — The man accused of hitting a good Samaritan with a car and ramming a sheriff's cruiser to escape arrest earlier this week was captured Friday, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Antonio Elvy Davis, 45, was wanted on a charge of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer in connection with an incident Wednesday at the Sweetbay supermarket in Valrico.

Hillsborough detectives got a tip that Davis was in a home in the Robles Park Housing Complex. Tampa police accompanied them as they knocked on the door near Ohio Street.

Davis was inside, the Sheriff's Office said, and was arrested without incident about 1:30 p.m.

It all started just before noon Wednesday, deputies said, when Davis was trying to cash a bad check at the store on State Road 60.

Davis then stole a woman's wallet and left the store, deputies said, but the woman chased him into the parking lot and screamed for help.

Cassandra Snow and Aaron Kovacs, both 19, heard her cries. Snow stopped her vehicle in the parking lot, and Kovacs got out to confront Davis.

But Davis got in his car and hit the gas, pinning Kovacs against Snow's vehicle, deputies said.

Hillsborough sheriff's Sgt. George Mosher saw what happened and tried to pull the suspect over, but Davis rammed his car, the Sheriff's Office said.

Davis then backed up and rammed the cruiser again, deputies said.

Sheriff's Detective John Graves, who was arriving as backup, had to swerve to avoid the fleeing Davis. Graves ended up hitting a concrete light pole.

Kovacs was treated for nonlife-threatening injuries, and Graves was treated for a head injury.

Valrico theft suspect caught by Hillsborough detectives 07/09/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 9, 2010 11:37pm]
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