Tony Marrero - Day Cops, Hillsborough Sheriff, Tampa Police Department Reporter

Day Cops, Hillsborough Sheriff, Tampa Police Department Reporter

A Baltimore native, I've lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1998 and have been a reporter here for nearly that long. I joined the Times in 2009 and have covered beats ranging from from education to criminal courts. I now cover breaking news and general assignment stories in the Tampa bureau, which means I never know exactly what will come my way on any given day. I like that variety and enjoy digging to tell readers more about the big stories of the day.

  1. Former Hillsborough sheriff's Corporal Demetrius Dixon, inset, filed a lawsuit against the Sheriff's Office on Jan. 7 claiming he was the target of discrimination because of his attention deficit disorder.
    Demetrius Dixon was a corporal who sought a promotion to sergeant but was instead forced to retire early, the lawsuit says.
  2. Jaime Javier Amoguea Fonseca, 32, of Tampa was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse after he pressed a lit cigar against the bare back of a boy during a Santería ceremony in a Tampa home early Sunday, police said. Amoguea Fonseca told police the burn was an accident that happened while he was possessed by spirits, an arrest report says.
    He said his cigar accidentally burned the boy’s back but he “was unaware of what was happening due to being possessed by the spirits," a report says.
  3. Jefferey Darnell Thomas, 27, seen here in a previous booking photo, went on a shooting rampage in Plant City on Tuesday, firing a handgun at multiple cars and hitting a motorist, who later died, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Thomas was then shot by a Plant City police officer and taken to a local hospital. He faces multiple charges including first degree murder, deputies said.
    Jefferey Darnell Thomas, 27, shot a motorist as he drove along Colson Road, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
  4. Pinellas County deputies and other law enforcement agencies investigate the scene of an ATM explosion at a BB&T bank branch in Oldsmar on Nov. 4. Investigators belief the case is connected to two ATM explosions in Hillsborough County.
    The suspect was able to get money in the most recent case, at a Regions branch in Valrico, Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said.
  5. La red de prevención del suicidio prevista para el Skyway se extenderá aproximadamente una milla y media a ambos lados del puente. [Cortesía del Departamento de Transporte de Florida]
    La valla de acero de 8 pies de altura recorrerá aproximadamente una milla y media de la icónica construcción que durante décadas ha sido un imán para las personas que buscan quitarse la vida.
  6. This rendering from the Florida Department of Transportation shows the eight foot tall steel netting that will be added to the Sunshine Skyway later this year to deter suicidal people from jumping from the iconic span.
    The 8-foot-tall steel netting will run along about a mile and a half of the iconic span that for decades has been a magnet for people seeking to take their own lives.
  7. A 33-year-old Brandon woman died on Jan. 7, 2020 after crashing this 2001 Chevy pickup into the back of a box truck on Interstate south of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
    A woman was killed in a crash after her speeding Chevy pickup ran into the back of a box truck.
  8. Tampa police officers stand at the entrance of the parking garage of the Metro 510 apartment complex on East Harrison Street Tuesday morning. Police say two people were injured in a shooting at the complex about 3 a.m.
    A female victim was found shot at the scene at the Metro 510 complex and a man who was shot drove himself to the hospital, police said.
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    The 14-year-old stole the car from a family friend and then lost control, police say. Two teens in the car were hospitalized.
  10. Wilbert Stephen Henderson, 59, was arrested Thursday after he broke into a 72-year-old St. Petersburg woman's home and sexually battered her, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
    A neighbor interrupted the assault, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.