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Fugitive From Justice In Pennsylvania Charged With Attempted 2nd Degree Murder In Polk County

Davenport, Florida- The Polk County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest on Thursday May 12, and charged the suspect with Attempted 2nd Degree Murder. The suspect Andy Miguel Peralta Cruz, DOB: 11/30/1999, fled from a Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputy following his arrest. Below is a complete redacted arrest affidavit:

“On May 12th, 2022, at approximately 1418 hours, I was dispatched to REDACTED, Davenport, FL 33837 in reference to a disturbance.

Upon arrival, I made contact with VICTIM, victim. The victim informed me she had been involved in a physical altercation with her boyfriend/suspect, Andy Miguel Peralta Cruz, whose identity was confirmed through REDACTED.

The victim advised she observed material on the suspect’s phone which led her to believe he was being unfaithful. The victim stated she confronted the suspect about the material which caused him to become angry. The victim advised the suspect wrapped both hands around her neck and began to choke her. The victim informed me as a result, she was unable to breathe. The victim advised she was able to strike the suspect to get him off of her. The victim informed me the suspect then placed his hand over her nose and mouth. The victim advised she bit the suspect’s hand which caused him to remove it from her face.

The victim advised the acts of the suspect were done against her will.

I observed red marks on the victim’s neck. I also observed bruising on the victim’s left arm. I took photographs of the victim. The victim declined medical attention and a domestic violence shelter.

The victim completed a sworn written statement containing details of the incident.

I made contact with the suspect who confirmed he was the primary aggressor, however, he would not provide any further information about the incident.

During my investigation, I learned the suspect had an active warrant out of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for strong-arm business robbery, warrant number CPCMS703324800. The suspect fled the jurisdiction of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. I was informed Lancaster County would extradite. The crime the suspect is charged with is a felony, and is punishable by more than one (1) year in prison.

The suspect was placed under arrest for domestic violence battery by strangulation and the extraditable warrant out of Lancaster County.

The suspect was handcuffed behind his back and double locked and secured in the rear of my agency issued vehicle. While in the rear passenger seat of my agency issued vehicle, the suspect began gagging and stated he was feeling unwell and felt like he was going to vomit. I opened the rear passenger door of my vehicle to allow the suspect to vomit while secured in handcuffs behind his back. After the suspect was provided the opportunity to vomit, I requested that he place his legs back in the vehicle so that the door could be closed. At this time, the suspect exited the vehicle and began to run in a southeasterly direction while secured in my handcuffs, depriving me of their use. Deputy Coquyt (#8163), who was present on scene, deployed his K9 partner Tigor who apprehended the suspect nearby at 43750 Hwy 27, Davenport, FL 33837. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident and was transported to HOSPITAL for treatment.

Detective Townes arrived at the incident location and conducted a sworn recorded interview with the victim. During the interview, the victim stated that the suspect intentionally placed his hand over her mouth and nose for approximately two (2) minutes, restricting her ability to breathe. While the suspect was restricting the victim’s breathing, he stated “I am going to kill you”.

Based on the new learned facts, the suspect was charged with the following:
FSS 782.04 – Attempted 2nd Degree Murder (no weapon), FSS 941.13 – Fugitive from Justice, FSS 944.40 – Escape, FSS 812.014(3)(a) – Petit Theft, and FSS 941.13 – Resisting an Officer Without Violence.”

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