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Man accused of killing 3, kidnapping his son arrested after standoff in Tampa

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said Caesar Crockett was in an hours-long standoff with law enforcement near I-75 and I-4.
Credit: BSO

TAMPA, Fla. — An hours-long standoff with a man who troopers said kidnapped a 2-year-old in Georgia and killed three other people has come to an end.

Caesar Crockett was arrested before 8 p.m. Wednesday on Interstate 4 near Interstate 75, according to Tampa police in a tweet.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the 29-year-old Crockett, who was believed armed and dangerous, crashed his car in the area earlier in the afternoon. The missing child, King, was found safe, but Crockett remained inside the car. 

An Amber Alert was broadcast Wednesday morning for the 2-year-old, who was believed to be Crockett. Police accused him of shooting and killing members of his son's family Tuesday night in Bibb County, Georgia.

RELATED: Search on for missing 2-year-old, father after triple murder in Georgia home

Tampa police saw the wanted man's car around 1:26 p.m. heading south on I-75 near Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and tried to get him to stop, a news release states. However, the car kept going and Florida Highway Patrol troopers joined the chase.

The pursuit kept going down I-75 to I-4, with Crockett's car going at least 100 mph, police said. His car exited the highway at Exit 14/McIntosh Road, made a U-turn and got back into the highway heading west.

Crockett ended up crashing on the Exit 9 ramp to I-75 around 1:53 p.m., police said. It was a few minutes later before the child was released and the six-hour standoff began.

Tampa police said Crockett surrendered himself to officers around 7:40 p.m. 

He has been booked at the Orient Road Jail. 

Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Caesar Crockett

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