TAMPA — No one was in the attic.
About two hours after Tampa police SWAT officers entered a Palmetto Beach-area home to coax out a suspect believed to be hiding in the attic, the department announced that no one was inside.
They had thought a suspect had barricaded himself inside after they got a 911 call Wednesday morning about two men burglarizing a home at 2407 Corrine St,, just south of Ybor City near the Port of Tampa.
A police dog named Repo bit one of the suspects, who was then detained. Police were unable to find the second one and thought he may have crawled in the attic. At 2:20 p.m., the agency announced they were questioning the one suspect — Jerprece X. Filmore, 19 — and working to determine if a second suspect even existed.
By 5:30 p.m., the agency had charged Filmore with burglary and opposing an officer without violence and determined there hadn't been a second burglar.
During the police operation, which lasted from just before noon until about 2 p.m., no neighboring houses were evacuated, but police cordoned off the scene as well as a few nearby homes and told residents to stay inside.