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Florida murder suspect arrested in Hinesville
Man wanted in connection with Tampa case
Florida suspect caught1
Authorities apprehend a man outside the Budget Motel in Hinesville on Wednesday. The suspect was wanted in connection with the death of a man in Tampa, Florida. - photo by Lewis Levine

Members of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Hinesville Police Department officers on Wednesday arrested a man wanted in connection with a Tampa, Florida, homicide last week.

According to Bay News 9 out of Tampa, Chase Robert Sharpe, 23, was wanted on a first-degree murder warrant in the death of 23-year-old Braelen Adams. Adams was shot early on Dec. 23 outside the Playpen Gentlemen's Club on North 50th Street. Adams later died from his injuries.

According to Bay News 9, social-media tips led them to identify Sharpe as the suspected shooter. Southern District of Georgia Special Deputy U.S. Marshal Keith Lank said the task force had been notified earlier Friday that Sharpe was staying in the Hinesville area. Officials began working leads provided by authorities in Tampa and located Sharpe at the Budget Motel on East Oglethorpe Highway.  

According to Hinesville Police Lt. Terranova Smith, shortly before 5 p.m. agents from the task force and Hinesville police officers knocked on the motel-room door and identified themselves. Sharpe, seeing the large group of officers with weapons drawn, opened the door and let the officers in. He did not resist arrest. The motel clerk said Sharpe had been at the motel for five days. Authorities said he has no ties to the area.

Smith said a handgun was found in the room following the arrest. Hinesville police officers were later seen carrying Sharpe's belongings from the room and placing them in a police cruiser. After a thorough pat-down, Sharpe was transported to the Hinesville Police Department, where he will be interviewed by detectives currently en route from Tampa.

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