A 21-year-old Tampa man was arrested Wednesday night after he hid in his ex-girlfriend’s car and then was found by a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputy in her backyard with a loaded handgun.
Jerrod Dantzler was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, tampering with a victim or witness, possession of a firearm with the serial number removed and loitering and prowling, the sheriff’s office said.
Dantzler is being held in a Hillsborough County jail with no bail.
On Wednesday night, his ex-girlfriend contacted the sheriff’s office after she noticed him in the back of her car. She told deputies she was scared because in the past he had been violent towards her, the sheriff’s office said.
Sheriff’s Deputy J.J. Marcano responded to the woman’s Gibsonton home, and he found Dantzler hiding behind her home.
When Marcano confronted him, Dantzler was reaching for his waistband. The deputy ordered Dantzler to raise his hands, and when he complied a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun with 17 live rounds fell to the ground, the sheriff’s office said.
The deputy examined the gun and noticed that the serial number had been removed, the sheriff’s office said.
In September, Dantzler was released from a Hillsborough County jail after being charged with domestic battery by strangulation and felon in possession of a firearm, according to arrest records.