Just in from the Sheriff’s press conference briefing after the massive manhunt and arrest of Frank Emmanuel Zuniga, 33, of Valrico. The two joggers were 18 years old and were jogging on Nature’s Way. Zuniga is believed to have jumped out of a bush and grabbed one of the girls by the arms. She began to scream and was able to fight them off.
Det. Larry McKinnon said fortunately she had the strength to pull away. He ran off and jumped into his 2004 white pick up truck parked nearby and drove away.
Residents say that this is not the first incident in this area. About 11 days ago, another woman reported of being grabbed in the vicinity. Sheriff’s office say that the person may have some mental instabilities but since he has a driver’s license and has the ability to drive, he is being charged with false imprisonment/battery.
Since this is believed to have been a demonstration of a pattern of stalking and attack behavior, the Sheriff’s office encourages any other victims to come forward to report.
Hillsborough county Sheriff’s deputies are searching this morning for a man who they say grabbed a woman while out jogging on Nature’s Way and Elton Place in Brandon.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, in his 20’s, and was last seen wearing a gray shirt with white letters with the logo “Air Force” on the front.

HCSO detective Larry McKinnon said that at around 10:32 am,on Thursday, the 9-1-1 call came in indicated that the female victim and her friend were out jogging  when an unknown man jumped out from the bushes and grabbed her by the arm.

The victim screamed and the man who was described as possible mentally challenged, let go of her arm and fled a short distance on foot, deputies said.
The suspect got into an unknown make and model white truck pick up truck and drove away.
The truck was described to have a a “Buc’s screen logo in the rear window.
HCSO are currently on scene to gather more information and ask that anyone with information call 247-0455.
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