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Six people arrested in Hillsborough raid

Six people arrested in Hillsborough raid

A violent Hillsborough County gang that committed crimes across Florida and other states has been broken up with the arrest of six members, including its leader, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa announced Monday.

A 40-page indictment filed by prosecutors alleges that the gang members are suspected of a murder in Hillsborough County and that the gang installed GPS devices on the vehicles of the people they were tracking.

The six members face various charges, including conspiracy to commit robbery, kidnapping, bank fraud, murder in the commission of organized crime, arson and possession of over 2,000 pounds of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

According to prosecutors, the defendants are the leader of the gang, Christian Andujar Rivera, as well as Irving Bruzon, Xavier Gardner, Mohamed Nidal Jaber, Julissa Collazo and Kyle Miller.

According to US Attorney Roger Handberg, the gang is called Alexander Park or AP and its members committed “attempts of intimidation” to spread fear among the population of Tampa and to seek retaliation against other gangs.

The violence also included a shooting by a rival gang on April 17, 2022, at Scores Gentlemen’s Club on Dale Mabry Highway, Handberg said.

Initial reports said a dispute broke out between rival gangs Latin Kings and Alexander Park, during which a member of the Latin Kings shot and killed a member of the Alexander Park gang, prompting the rival gang to retaliate, Handberg said.

Six days after the Scores shooting, members of Alexander Park shot and killed a member of the Latin Kings gang in broad daylight in the parking lot of a shopping center on West Hillsborough Avenue.

After the shooting, members of Alexander Park attempted to destroy evidence by burning the car in which they had left the dead Latin King member, Handberg said.

While examining both crime scenes, investigators found nearly 70 shell casings in the parking lots where the murders occurred. Investigators compared the shell casings at Scores to those in the West Hillsborough Avenue parking lot and found a match.

“This lead helped us advance our investigation because it linked the events of April 17 to the April 23 retaliation,” said Handberg. “But investigators didn’t stop there. The goal of this investigation was always to dismantle the AP gang.”

According to Handberg, investigators found that Alexander Park members had committed crimes throughout Florida, as well as in Oregon, California and Michigan.

The indictment says four victims were stalked and one was kidnapped by gang members. Handberg said they purchased GPS trackers and placed them in the vehicles of the victims and their family members.

Investigators also discovered that the gang used force to steal several thousand pounds of marijuana, Handberg said.

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Each gang member faces a life sentence in prison, he added.

“This case is a great example of how local, state and federal investigators can work together effectively to protect our community by prosecuting those who seek to harm our community through violence,” Handberg said.

A violent Hillsborough County gang that committed crimes across Florida and other states has been broken up with the arrest of six members, including its leader, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa announced Monday.

A 40-page indictment from prosecutors alleges that members of the Alexander Park (AP) gang face a variety of charges, including conspiracy to commit robbery, kidnapping, bank fraud, murder in the commission of organized crime, arson and possession of over 2,000 pounds of marijuana with the intent to distribute.