Auburndale Police: Man found dead in apartment a homicide victim

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Auburndale Police are working to solve a homicide following the discovery of a victim late Friday.

  • Adam Hilarie, 27, found dead in his apartment Friday
  • Hilarie victim of violent death, officials said
  • Victim left behind a five-year-old daughter

A friend found Adam Hilarie, 27, dead in his apartment on Sunset Avenue Friday around 6:43 p.m., according to Auburndale police.
Deputy Chief Andy Ray said Adam Hilarie was a victim of a violent death. He confirmed some electronics were missing from the apartment, and there were no signs that someone broke into the home.  

Detectives working the case currently believe Hilarie was killed between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. Friday.
Hilarie’s mother, Anna Cruz, said she was worried about Hilarie days before he was killed.

"I told [Angel Cruz, Hilarie’s brother] to, please, go message him for me. I’m worried about him," said Anna. "And then [Angel] called me to tell me. It’s devastating. I don’t know. I don’t know who would do this to him."
Hilarie’s family held a vigil for him Saturday night. On Sunday they spent much of the afternoon cleaning his one-bedroom apartment.

"There had to have been a a scuffle," said Angel. "My brother is a fighter. I know if something went down, he didn’t go down without a fight."  
The family said Adam was a kickboxer. He was also a father, who leaves behind a five-year-old daughter.

Auburndale Police ask that anyone with information on the case please call Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 226-TIPS or Det. Dustin Graham with Auburndale Police at (863) 287-1136.  
Hilarie’s family has also launched a GoFundMe page to accept donations for the costs of Hilarie’s funeral. To help with a donation, visit

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August 21, 2016 |

Fire breaks out at Tampa apartment complex

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A fire broke out at a Tampa apartment complex Sunday morning, forcing some second-story residents to escape using a ladder and in one instance a bed sheet.

  • Fire happened at Regency Square Apartments
  • Fire ruled accidental
  • No injuries reported

Tampa Fire Rescue responded to a fire in an apartment building at the Regency Square Apartments, 1406 Cartier Dr., at 9:30 a.m

Arriving units found heavy smoke coming from the north and west sides of the two-story, 24-unit apartment building.

Firefighters immediately began attacking the fire and the incident commander called for a second alarm because of the size and occupancy of the building.

All tenants from the affected building and the adjacent building were safely evacuated.

Fire officials say some tenants escaped from their second-story balcony using a personal escape ladder and in one instance a bed sheet tied to the railing.

Firefighters were able to quickly locate and extinguish the fire. The fire was under control by 9:50 a.m.

An investigator from the fire marshal’s office ruled the fire accidental. A tenant was cooking and stepped away during which time the fire started.

There were no injuries reported at the scene.

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July 24, 2016 |

Deputies investigating homicide at Tampa apartment complex

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The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide at a Tampa apartment complex.

  • Man found dead inside the front of a vehicle
  • Incident happened at The Park Ravenna Apartments
  • The man’s identity has not been released

Deputies said someone called the Sheriff’s Office around 4:17 a.m. to report that a man was found dead in the front seat of a vehicle at the Park Ravenna Apartments.

Detectives have since identified the man as Angel Manuel Fernandez, 21, of Tampa

Investigators are in the process of determining the ownership of the vehicle, as the tag was not assigned to the vehicle.

No additional information has been released.

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May 1, 2016 |
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