Manhunt for patrol car thief ends in arrest

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 14, 2008


A Tampa man who wrangled his way out of an arrest and stole a Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy's car Thursday was found and arrested here Sunday. Hillsborough County deputies, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Pinellas Park officers were all searching for Walter John Brois III through the weekend. They discovered him at an empty storage facility at 6543 46th St. N, Building 11, said Hillsborough County sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter, and he was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. The hunt for Brois, 36, began Thursday evening after he pepper sprayed two deputies in the face during his arrest, then complained of chest pains and pushed his way past paramedics and a deputy. He jumped into a patrol car and took off, dragging a deputy 75 feet and almost injuring another. Deputies also think he stole a pickup after fleeing the patrol car.


One killed, three injured in wreck

A two-car crash on State Road 54 late Saturday left one man dead and three people injured. Miguel A. Reynosa, 32, a passenger in a 1992 Nissan, was killed. The Nissan collided with another vehicle about 11:40 p.m., according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. Aaron J. Kapinsky, 29, of New Port Richey, was traveling east in a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder when he lost control of his vehicle, overcorrected and traveled across the center grass median and into the path of westbound driver Victor A. Feliz of Lakeland and Reynosa. Both Feliz and Reynosa were transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where Reynosa died. Feliz's condition was unknown Sunday. Kapinsky and his passenger, 22-year-old Kristen E. Ferrin, had minor injuries. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Cpl. M.L. Styers at (800) 235-6019.


Man accused of attempted murder

A 44-year-old Plant City man was arrested at 5802 State Road 674 in Wimauma and charged with attempted first-degree murder Sunday night, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said. Gustavo Gonsales, of 1402 Wheeler St. N, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and armed burglary of a dwelling. An online arrest report described his weapon as a club, but further details were unavailable. Gonsales was being held in the Orient Road Jail without bail Sunday night.