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Man wanted on 2008 murder charge turns up in Interstate 4 crash

Published Oct. 22, 2015

TAMPA — A man who spent the last seven years on the lam from a murder charge was arrested Tuesday after he crashed a car on Interstate 4, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

FHP troopers were sent to the crash about 4:13 p.m. near the I-4 exit to Ybor City.

When they arrived, the troopers found Jose AntonioVillegas-Cintron, 29, the driver of a car involved in the crash, according to an FHP report. He had an active warrant for a charge of first-degree murder that was issued way back in 2008.

On July 5, 2008, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, 20-year-old Victor Cruz-Romero was stabbed to death. Deputies said he was sitting with his girlfriend in a Toyota 4Runner parked in a lot along U.S. 92 in Dover.

A man confronted Cruz-Romero, deputes said, and stabbed him several times before fleeing in a gold Acura.

A witness who saw the attack took Cruz-Romero to South Florida Baptist Hospital in Plant City, where he died.

Detectives quickly identified the man who attacked him as Villegas-Cintron, who was 21 at the time. But they were never able to track him down. In 2011, sheriff's officials said they thought he had fled to Puerto Rico.

When he was arrested Tuesday, an arrest report listed him as living at an address in Haines City. Details of the crash that led to his capture were unclear.

Villegas-Cintron was booked early Wednesday into the Hillsborough County jail where he was being held without bail.