Crime & Courts
Increased focus on Hillsborough gang activity yields two arrests
A Hillsborough County crackdown into gang violence in Dover has resulted in the arrest of two men on charges including attempted murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Deputies say the incident began July 8 when Dover Loco gang member Jose Escamilla was approached by Sebastian Guevara, a member of the Sur-13 gang, on his bicycle during a cookout with family and friends. An argument between Guevara and someone at the cookout turned physical, deputies say, and Guevara left but said he would return. After meeting with several Sur-13 gang members, Guevara and others drove to Escamilla's house in a white Dodge Dakota truck, deputies say.Deputies say Escamilla stepped outside and was shot several times in the arm by a passenger, before the truck fled the scene. Two days later, deputies responded to a fight call at Escamilla's house after his brother, Leopoldo Escamilla, saw three people in a cow pasture behind his house. The subjects pointed an assault rifle at him before driving away. Guevara was identified as the person with the gun, and he was taken into custody at his Dover home on aggravated assault charges. On July 12, deputies located the truck, and after interviewing the owner, identified Carlos Perez as the person who shot Escamilla. Perez, of Plant City, was taken into custody July 13 at Nesmith Park on a charge of attempted first-degree murder, deputies say.