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Father of teen in standoff flees work-release program

The father of a teen who was involved in a gang-related standoff that left two others dead Monday night escaped a work-release program Wednesday, authorities say.

Freddie Vasquez Sr., 42, was jailed for violating probation from a grand theft case. He walked off the job at Secure Environmental Electronic Recycling, 6902 E Seventh Ave., at 10:45 a.m. and did not return, said Hillsborough sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter. He wasn't scheduled to be released from the county jail until June but now faces up to 15 years in prison.

Sheriff's investigators have not identified the 18- and 19-year-old men who told detectives they fired the shots that killed Sebastian Luengas, 16, and Michael Lee Roberts, 20.

But records show Vasquez has a 19-year-old son, Freddie Vasquez Jr., who lives at the home on Woodgrove Circle where Monday's confrontation took place.

Vasquez Sr., also known as "Ike," is 5 feet 9 and 190 pounds. He has the tattoos "FLE" on his back and chest, "Malisia" on his left arm and "Evelyn" on his right arm.

He was last seen wearing dirty jeans, a dirty brown T-shirt with cutoff sleeves and a bright yellow T-shirt underneath.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.