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Hillsborough deputies search for man 'targeting' the homeless

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public help to identify a man accused of targeting homeless people in the University of South Florida area. He was described as a black man, ages 35 to 40, standing about 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-4, weighing about 225 to 250 pounds. He was described as muscular and clean cut with large calves and a bumpy scar under his eye. The Sheriff's Office released this composite sketch. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public help to identify a man accused of targeting homeless people in the University of South Florida area. He was described as a black man, ages 35 to 40, standing about 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-4, weighing about 225 to 250 pounds. He was described as muscular and clean cut with large calves and a bumpy scar under his eye. The Sheriff's Office released this composite sketch. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
Published Sep. 6, 2018

TAMPA — Deputies need the public's help to identify a muscular man accused of "targeting" homeless people in the University of South Florida area.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office did not describe how this subject was targeting the homeless, except to say he was committing criminal acts.

He was described as a black man between the ages of 35 to 40, standing 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-4 and weighing 225 to 250 pounds. He appears to be clean cut, with a muscular build and large calves with a bumpy scar under his left eye, deputies said.

He was last seen wearing a polo shirt, white shorts and white Nike tennis shoes. He was riding a white bicycle with thin tires and a red flashing light on the back. However, he is not believed to be homeless himself.

Detectives also released a composite image of the man based on descriptions from victims.

Anyone who recognizes this person or who has information about their whereabouts was asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200. To be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477 or send an anonymous tip online using www.crimestopperstb.com or by using the P3 Tips mobile application.

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