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Violent Central Florida Suspect Arrested after Inflicting Months of Torture

A violent Central Florida suspect was arrested after inflicting months of captivity and abuse.

This month, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a Mobil gas station in Seffner after a caller reported an injured female had just escaped from a van and needed help.

The victim, who had been panhandling in the area of Hillsborough Avenue and Habana Avenue since January 2024, met the suspect, 48-year-old Walter Medina, during that time. Initially providing the victim with food and narcotics, Medina actions turned violent as he subjected her to months of relentless physical abuse and captivity.

Medina repeatedly assaulted the victim using a wooden baseball bat and a flathead screwdriver, inflicting severe injuries including, but not limited to, broken ribs, deep puncture wounds, and extensive bruising. Over the course of approximately 2.5 months, the victim endured unimaginable suffering at the hands of Medina as he forcibly transported her around the Tampa Bay area and threatened to kill her if she fled or sought help.

The victim’s opportunity for escape arose when Medina briefly left her unattended at Walgreens. When deputies arrived they noted the victim sustained numerous injuries to her face and body and she was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.

“I can’t imagine the torture this victim endured for months, but I can imagine the relief she felt when our deputies arrived,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister. “I have to commend the bravery of the victim for escaping her captor and seeking help. Our thoughts are with her as she recovers from this traumatic ordeal.”

HCSO detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Medina for the following charges: Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, Armed Kidnapping, Armed False Imprisonment, Aggravated Battery with Great Bodily Harm, Tampering with a Witness, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

Medina was arrested following a pursuit with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the Lakeland Police Department, and the Florida Highway Patrol on April 2nd.

“This suspect’s reign of violent terror is now over,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “I am endlessly grateful for our law enforcement partners who put their lives on the line in service and protection of our community while apprehending this suspect. This joint effort exemplifies the strength of our community’s law enforcement network and our shared commitment to keeping our streets safe.”

Medina has served time in prison for a previous False Imprisonment case and has an arrest history including Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, and Robbery.

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  1. That dude is done!! He’ll be too old if he ever does get out to be able to ever do any shit like that again & that’s good for him what if the victim were your mother, sister, wife, daughter, or worse ur grandmother??????


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