DoorDash driver kidnapped and assaulted by man while attempting delivery at Tampa hotel

Police in Tampa apprehended a male implicated of kidnapping and sexually damaging a DoorDash motorist while the lady tried to make a shipment at a Residence Inn hotel.

Joseph Killins, 38, deals with charges of armed kidnapping, burglary with a gun, armed sexual battery, and intensified battery with a weapon, cops stated Saturday. He is being held at the Orient Road Jail.

The frightening attack occurred around 11 p.m. Tuesday when the female, a Hispanic woman in her early 20 s, attempted to drop off food at the hotel situated on W. Boy Scout Blvd.

” While approaching the hotel to make the shipment, the victim was approached by a black male equipped with a weapon, who required her back into her cars and truck,” a cops press release stated.

The Residence Inn in Tampa, Fla.
The Residence Inn in Tampa, Fla. Google Maps

At the time, the female had AirPods in and was on the phone with her sweetheart. Understanding that a break-in was happening, the victim’s household called cops and officers were sent out to the hotel.

Authorities stated the suspect required the victim to drive about 7 miles away to the Belara Lakes Apartments, where the attack happened.

The victim’s household had actually been tracking her phone and reached the apartment building. They had the ability to save her from the vehicle, authorities stated.

The suspect opened fire striking a relative of the victim’s sweetheart prior to getting away the scene. The victim and the individual shot were required to the medical facility with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the press release.

DoorDash stated it was “horrified by this abhorrent and abhorrent criminal activity” and are helping Tampa authorities in the examination.

” No one need to ever need to sustain something as dreadful as this and we’re here to support the Dasher in any method we can,” a business representative stated.

A day after the supposed kidnapping, cops stated Killins apparently assaulted another lady in the Belara Lakes Apartments. Authorities stated he tossed the female, a Hispanic woman in her early 40 s, to the ground, punched her and after that took her knapsack. Killins was charged with break-in.

Authorities had actually launched a composite image of the suspect based upon details they got from the abducted victim’s household and asked anybody with details to call authorities.

Crimestoppers of Tampa Bay had actually advised anybody with details to call them and stated the tipster might be qualified for a money benefit of approximately $5,000

The cops department stated products connected to the kidnapping were discovered by investigators examining the burglary. The examination led officers to the Tampa Inn, where the suspect was jailed late Friday night.

Killins apparently divulged information to investigators “that specified to the criminal activities that took place on April 18,” the authorities department stated.

Interim Police Chief Lee Bercaw stated he hopes the arrest brings some closure to the victims.

Minyvonne Burke

Minyvonne Burke is a senior breaking news press reporter for NBC News.


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