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Man, woman turn up shot; suspect sought

Published February 20, 2007


ST. PETERSBURG - Police are searching for a man who may have shot two people Sunday night, leaving one of them in critical condition at Bayfront Medical Center. Stephen Burrell, 26, was shot several times in his apartment at 215 Fifth St. N around 8 p.m. Sunday, police said. He was taken to Bayfront, where he remains in critical condition. Brandy Spaulding, 21, was later dropped off at Bayfront Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the hip. Police said she has two children with Burrell, but was separated from him. She was in fair condition Monday. Investigators said the suspect, whose name was not released Monday, is an acquaintance of Spaulding's.


Officials identify dead pedestrian

TAMPA - Deputies have released the name of a man killed Friday when he walked into oncoming traffic on Fletcher Avenue. Jose Antonio Freitas, 59, of 2203 E 138th Ave. died after he was hit by a van as he crossed Fletcher east of N 22nd Street about 8:30 p.m., according to the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office. He was taken to University Community Hospital, where he died shortly after he arrived, deputies say. The driver of the van, Enrique Rivera, 35, of 914 E 121 Ave., Apt. B, has not been charged in the accident, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter. The accident is still under investigation.


Spring Hill man attacked in forest

LACOOCHEE - Two men attacked a Pasco hunter early Sunday, in a bizarre deep-woods crime that left the 66-year-old battered and bloody. The two men pounded Philip Tracy with a rifle, then sped away in the Spring Hill man's 2003 Toyota truck. Tracy suffered cuts and bruises on his head and face in the attack, which happened near the intersection of Megs Hole and Lacoochee Claysink. Pasco deputies say Tracy and David Taylor, 24, were hunting raccoons when a man - later identified as Salvador Sanchez Castillo, 41 - approached them and asked for help with a flat tire. Tracy and Taylor, driving separate vehicles, headed to the marooned car and found it flipped over. Tracy got out to look at the car. At that moment, Taylor and Castillo heard voices nearby. Thinking someone needed help, the two drove off, leaving Tracy in his truck. Tracy told deputies he was dialing 911 on his cell phone when two men walked up, dragged him out and began smashing him with a rifle.


Man is robbed, tied up in his home

EAST LAKE - It was a brazen crime at an unlikely time, in an unlikely neighborhood. About noon Monday, George Jones, 46, saw two men walking in some woods behind his home and went outside to investigate, Pinellas County authorities said. The men drew handguns and ordered him back inside the house, located in the 2700 block of Post Rock Drive, in tony Cypress Lake Estates. The men tied up Jones, put him in a shower and rummaged through the home in search of valuables. They collected some items and left. Officials would not say what they took. Jones later freed himself and ran to a neighbor's home, where he called 911. Sheriff's spokesman Jim Bordner said investigators did not know of similar robberies in the area and weren't sure why the men chose Jones' home.

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