Two for the price of one. That’s what Tampa Police ran into Wednesday morning.
TAMPA, Fla.- Tampa police found two people they had been seeking on Wednesday morning: a missing teen and a man who is a person of interest in a murder.
Bryana S. Lemaire, 17, was last seen on July 17. Her family contacted police and reported her missing on July 22. At that time she was last seen with Antwoine Noland, 43, who was being considered armed and dangerous.
Tampa Police have been searching for Noland for aggravated assault with a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm. According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Noland has served five separate stints in prison for such crimes.
Noland is also a person of interest in the murder of 43 year-old Alicia Fussell. Fussell was gunned down around 10:16 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19 outside of City Liquors on N. Nebraska Avenue. Police have believed from the start that her death was not random. According to News Channel 8, Fussell may have been a witness in a case against Noland. He was reportedly supposed to appear in court the day before Fussell was killed.
Lemaire and Noland were found at the Tampa Stadium Hotel at 4750 N. Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa late Tuesday night. According to police, they received information that Noland might be staying at the Tampa Stadium Hotel after him and Lemaire had been seen together in the area. Through surveillance at the hotel police were able to determine which room Noland was staying in.
When police arrived at the room Noland refused to open the door for officers. The responding officers made a forced entry into the room. It is reported that Noland then locked himself in the bathroom before eventually surrendering.
Lemaire was then found safe in the room while Noland was arrested.