Deputies: Tampa man gets stuck in air duct while hiding from cops, gets hypothermia
A Tampa man was arrested after deputies found him stuck in an air conditioning duct.
Thursday evening, officers responded to find Larry Puleo, 47, who had warrants for probation violations including Introduction of Contraband into Detention Facility and Possession of Heroin.
When they arrived, they heard someone scurrying around in the attic. After about one hour and no response , they searched the attic, but could not find him. Deputies checked possible escape routes and found the only other possible way out was through the A/C duct in a bedroom closet.
Deputies cut a hole in the duct and found him hiding inside. He was stuck and began pleading for deputies to get him out because he was freezing.
“Puleo was stuck and began pleading for deputies to get him out because he was freezing,” deputies wrote.
They widened the hole and removed Puleo. He was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia and released.
Puleo was then sent to the Orient Road Jail where he’s being held without bond. He faces charges of violating probation and resisting arrest without violence.