Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Woman wanted in Hillsborough stabbing arrested in Chicago

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TAMPA — Authorities in Chicago have taken into custody a Hillsborough County woman wanted in connection with the stabbing and beating of her former roommate earlier this month, authorities said.

Deputies had obtained an arrest warrant for Nicole Marie Thomas, 30, on attempted murder and armed robbery charges.

They say Thomas and two men attacked her former roommate, Robert Gary, whom she had invited to her home at 14224 Choctaw Village Drive in northern Hillsborough.

Authorities also issued a warrant for one of the men, "Frank" Francisco Cepeda, 20. The other man has not been identified.

According to the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office, Thomas and two men wearing ski masks attacked Gary, 30, when he showed up at her home on Nov. 11. Gary told authorities that Thomas said he owed her money. He also said the trio took his cell phone and about $600 from his pants pocket.

During the attack, Gary was stabbed in the leg with a sharp object and bitten multiple times by a dog. Gary managed to run away, stumble into a nearby field and collapse. Neighbors reported seeing Thomas and her two children standing in their doorway and watching.

Gary was treated at St. Joseph Hospital for fractures, lacerations and a puncture wound on his left upper thigh, along with bite wounds.

By the time deputies arrived on the scene, Thomas and the two men had left.

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