Deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrested a convicted felon during a traffic stop that turned into a foot pursuit and ended after the suspect climbed the roof of a nearby home.
On June 10, 2020, at approximately 9:00 a.m., a deputy conducted a traffic stop on a blue scooter at the intersection of North Habana Avenue and West Fern Street in Tampa.
The driver, identified as Tommy Hernandez, 25, did not have a valid license or registration for the scooter. Hernandez allowed the deputy to inspect the inside of a satchel that was slung over his shoulder. The deputy found a handgun and drugs inside the bag.
At this point, Hernandez fled on foot and was later found on a roof of a neighboring residence. As a safety precaution, the residents of the home were asked to evacuate. Deputies then arrested Hernandez.
Hernandez, who was on probation, was arrested on multiple charges.
“This individual has a lengthy criminal history,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “It is disappointing to see him violate his probation. I want to commend our deputies for their continued commitment to keeping our community safe.”