Inmate captured after kidnapping deputy in Florida

Authorities say inmate David Ross kidnapped a deputy (WFLA photo).

BARTOW, FL (WFLA) – Authorities say an inmate who kidnapped a deputy in Bartow has been captured in Pinellas County.

Bartow police say inmate David Ross, 42, kidnapped the deputy on Wednesday when a Department of Corrections crew was taking a lunch break while working near Bartow High School.

Ross took the deputy hostage, then took off in a City of Bartow truck. Police have not released details about how Ross took the deputy hostage.

Ross was captured in St. Petersburg by deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies received the call at about 1:44 p.m. that the suspect was in the St.Petersburg area. They identified the truck he was in on 54th Avenue. Deputies say Ross pulled into a driveway, got out of the truck and ran away.

A sheriff’s office spokesperson said Ross was armed and was captured near the intersection of Tropical Terrace and Coral Way in St. Petersburg.

The deputy was not harmed during the incident. His name has not been released.

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