FHP: Day care crash suspect Robert Corchado in custody

ORLANDO, Fla. — A suspect wanted in a hit-and-run that caused a car to crash into an Orange County day care Wednesday has been taken into custody, Florida Highway Patrol says.

WESH-TV is reporting that FHP Maj. Cindy Williams said Robert Corchado turned himself in at the Orange County Jail at 4:12 p.m., just over 24 hours after the manhunt began.

The crash killed a 4-year-old girl and injured 11 children.

Troopers said Corchado rented a black 2014 Mazda CX with license plate CHR-Q41 from a Winter Park Enterprise on Wednesday afternoon.

Clear Channel and Maxmedia donated digital billboards that showed Corchado's picture along major roads in Central Florida.

FHP Maj. Cindy Williams said Corchado has ties to the Latin Kings gang and she believes friends aided his escape.

"Those are the people who need to come forward and help us. If we find an accessory, we will prosecute you," she said.

Corchado was convicted of cocaine trafficking in Orange County and sentenced to three years in state prison. He was released in Sept. 2012, records show.

Corchado has an open case stemming from an arrest on Dec. 3, when he was charged with careless driving, hit-and-run, leaving the scene of a crash with damage to property, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of cannabis and possession of other controlled substances.

FHP alerted ports and airports to not let Corchado escape the area. Law enforcement in southeastern states was also briefed.


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment