Bail bondsman helps police catch teenage kidnapping suspects

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Posted: May 17, 2016 10:54 AM

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida bail bondsman was in the right place to help stop three teenagers accused of kidnapping a man from the parking garage of a Tampa condominium complex.

Rod Fisher, the proprietor of Fisher Bail Bonds, was returning from a court date Monday afternoon when he saw a man in a shirt and tie stumble out of a car carrying a gun, the Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1WBeeqy) reported. Two others got out of the car before ducking back inside and taking off.

Fisher called 911 and followed the speeding car, not knowing that the man was a victim of a foiled kidnapping.

"I don't know what I've got here," Fisher told the 911 operator. "But it looks like a carjacking."

According to police, the victim had wrestled the gun from the teenage abductors moments earlier.

"He's sitting there with a shirt and tie on," Fisher said. "This guy looked like a regular guy."

Police said the victim, 26-year-old Adhemar Perez, was getting out of his car earlier that afternoon in the parking garage at the Quarter at Ybor, when he was approached by teenagers, who demanded cash and an iPhone from him at gunpoint.

The group forced Perez into the trunk, then got in and drove off, before then forcing him into the back seat.

About 3 miles away, Perez went for the gun, grabbing it, and jumped out the door as the teenagers tried to stop him, police said. In the struggle, one of them dropped a cellphone, which Perez picked up, and dialed 911 after the teens sped off.

Meanwhile, Fisher followed the car for nearly 20 minutes.

"This is what I do for a living," Fisher said. "It just happened right in front of me."

The teens eventually abandoned the car and were arrested on charges of carjacking and kidnapping. Two are 15. One is 13.

Murphy, the general manager at the Quarter at Ybor, said he does not know how the teens gained access to the garage. The complex uses private security, but only at night.

"We've never had such a crime in our community," Murphy said.

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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.