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Kidnapped Woman Held and Tortured for Months Flees Captor at Florida Walgreens: Police

Florida Man Accused of Holding Woman Captive, Torturing Her For Months
Source: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

Walter Medina arrested after being accused of holding a woman captive and torturing her for months.

Apr. 4 2024, Published 12:02 p.m. ET

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A woman who was allegedly held captive and tortured for months escaped her captor at a Florida Walgreens and the suspect was arrested, authorities said Tuesday.

On April 1, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said deputies were dispatched to a Mobil gas station after a caller reported an injured woman had just escaped from a van and needed help.

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The victim, whose identity was not released, was panhandling in the area of Hillsborough Avenue and Habana Avenue in January when the suspect, 48-year-old Walter Medina, gave her food and narcotics, the sheriff's office said.

But Medina turned violent, holding her captive and abusing her for months.

Medina allegedly assaulted the woman repeatedly with a baseball bat and a screwdriver, and she sustained "severe injuries including but not limited to, broken ribs, deep puncture wounds, and extensive bruising."

He allegedly forcibly transported the woman throughout the Tampa area, threatening to kill her if she fled.

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When he left her unattended at a Walgreens, she took the opportunity to escape and sought help. Responding deputies noted injuries to her face and body and she was transported to a hospital for treatment.

"I can’t imagine the torture this victim endured for months, but I can imagine the relief she felt when our deputies arrived,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement. “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.”

Attempted Murder

Medina was arrested on April 2 following a pursuit that involved the HCSO, the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the Lakeland Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol.

He was charged with attempted second-degree murder, armed kidnapping, armed false imprisonment, aggravated battery with great bodily harm, tampering with a witness and tampering with physical evidence.

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According to HCSO, Medina previously served time in prison for false imprisonment, and has an arrest history that includes kidnapping, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and robbery.

"This suspect's reign of violent terror is now over," Chronister said. “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.”

TMX contributed to this report.


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