Teenager was killed in DUI hit-and-run

Published March 16, 2007

TAMPA - Police have identified the pedestrian killed by a suspected hit-and-run drunken driver as Irvin Eppy Soto, 16, of 4109 N Habana Ave. Police have arrested Natalie Rodriques, 21, accusing her of drifting off Hillsborough Avenue about 5 a.m. Tuesday and striking Soto, who was walking on the shoulder on his way home from a friend's house. Jail records showed her blood alcohol content was 0.10. She was two days from a court hearing on charges of driving under the influence arising from a Jan. 11 traffic stop. Now she faces charges including DUI-manslaughter and DUI with property damage or personal injury.


Woman fights off armed burglar

ST. PETERSBURG - Don't mess with Susan Jacobs. John Fredrick, 17, learned that lesson the hard way Thursday morning, after he woke her up while robbing her house and taking jewelry, the Sheriff's Office said. Jacobs, 43, managed to fight off Fredrick, even though he was armed with a kitchen knife, according to the Sheriff's Office. Pinellas sheriff's deputies who happened to be near her home at 6681 27th Way N arrested Fredrick after the suspect ran away. Jacobs sustained non life-threatening cuts and was taken to a local hospital. Fredrick was arrested on a charge of armed burglary.


Thief takes jar of donations for girl

TAMPA - The thief waited in the Dairy Queen on March 7 until employees weren't watching. Then he swiped a jar off the counter that raised money for a girl employees know only as "Jessica Rose," a 4-year-old who has cancer. The crook ran out of the store at 602 W Brandon Blvd., leaving surveillance video as the only clue. An anonymous tip came in this week. Authorities found their suspect already in the Orient Road Jail. Kristopher Michael Russ, 24, of Tampa was charged with third-degree grand theft. Sheriff's officials found the jar, but the $54 people donated was missing. Deputies took up a collection to refill the jar.


Man charged with human trafficking

TAMPA - Hillsborough County deputies on Wednesday charged a 36-year-old Tampa man with human trafficking. Marcelino GuillenJaimes, 1716 143rd Ave., Apt. 10, is accused of bringing a Mexican man into the United States by way of an illegal smuggling system in which the passenger pays as much as $2,000, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Debbie Carter. The victim, a man in his 20s, was being forced to work construction jobs for eight to 10 hours daily as repayment. The victim is in protective custody and may stay in the United States if he qualifies for a T visa, specific to victims of trafficking, Carter said.


Woman struck by vehicle dies

ST. PETERSBURG - A woman was killed Thursday after she was struck by a vehicle in the 1600 block of 34th Street N, police said. Authorities said the woman, whose name was not released, was hit just before 8:50 p.m. The woman was taken to Bayfront Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.