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$5,000 reward: Fugitive sought in DUI manslaughter

The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the location and arrest of a 24-year-old Tampa man wanted in a 2012 DUI manslaughter case.

Christopher Ponce, while on house arrest and awaiting trial, removed his ankle monitor and fled one year ago. He whereabouts have been unknown to authorities since May 9, 2013.

Ponce is wanted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office on charges of driving under the influence manslaughter, vehicular homicide, two counts of reckless driving involving serious bodily injury and two counts of DUI with serious bodily injury.

Ponce was driving a 2012 Ford Fusion the wrong way on Interstate 275, south of Interstate 4, at 2:49 a.m. July 19, 2012, when he struck a 2000 Ford Mustang head on, investigators said. The Mustang’s driver, 20-year-old William Angel, was killed and his two passengers were severely injured, investigators said.

Authorities described Ponce as white or white/Hispanic, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 150 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. Ponce could be anywhere in the United States, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Authorities also reminded the public not to attempt to apprehend Ponce but to report information to the U.S. Marshals Service or local authorities.

To speak with case agents Deputy U.S. Marshal Jared Whitis or Task Force Officer Ron Simpson, call at (813) 415-1967. Anyone with information can also call the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-800-336-0102 or text 847411 and enter the keyword “USMFL.”

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