UPDATE: MARCH 28, 2023
A murder suspect is facing a new charge after attempting to solicit several inmates within the Falkenburg Road Jail to kill a prime witness in her homicide case.
On March 28, 2023, detectives charged Fatima Garcia Avila, 21, with Solicitation to Commit Murder. Cooperating witnesses came forward and presented HCSO's Jail Intelligence Squad with information that Garcia Avila, who is currently in custody awaiting trial for homicides in Dover and Thonotosassa, was trying to get someone to kill the prime witness in her case.
"This is a woman who has no regard for life other than her own, and she continues to prove that even behind bars," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "I commend the work of the detention deputies and staff for being attentive, alert, and stopping another potential murder."
Fatima Garcia Avila has been placed under strict restrictions to protect the witnesses and the integrity of this investigation.
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE: AUGUST 02, 2022
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested two suspects in connection with a pair of homicides recently in Dover and Thonotosassa.
Through investigative means, detectives have identified and arrested Daniel Negrete, 27, and Fatima Garcia Avila, 20, who are connected to both homicides.
Detectives learned that Negrete and Garcia Avila drove together to the victim's home in the 3000 block of Al Simmons Road on the night of the first homicide in Dover on July 18, 2022. Negrete and Garcia Avila left the residence in separate vehicles, one of which, detectives found nearby after it had been set on fire.
On July 26, 2022, detectives responded to the Baker Creek Boat Ramp at 12095 Thonotosassa Road, for a report of a person down. They discovered an adult male victim deceased from upper body trauma, and again through investigative means, have determined that both Negrete and Garcia Avila were there at the time of the crime and responsible for the man's death.
In both cases, the victims were not killed at random. Detectives have confirmed there are familial ties between the suspects and the victims.
"These senseless killings have forever changed at least two families," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "Ending someone's life cannot -- and should not -- be the answer to any situation. Detectives are still connecting the dots to determine the motive behind the two murders and if there are others involved. I pray that these arrests, while they won't bring home their loved ones, will give the families affected some closure."
The investigation remains active at this time. All further updates will be released from HCSO's Public Affairs Office.
Release Number: 23-043
UPDATE: MARCH 28, 2023