Documents show man accused of kidnapping, beating panhandler has a long history of violence

Channel 9 is learning more about the man accused of beating and kidnapping a panhandler before leading law enforcement in a multi-county pursuit Tuesday.


Deputies rolled Walter Medina out in a wheelchair Wednesday where he was in front a judge for his fourth time being accused of false imprisonment.

Medina led law enforcement from Lakeland to Orlando Tuesday after investigators said he held a woman captive and beat her repeatedly in Hillsborough County.

He was hurt by a K-9 unit after he refused to get out of his vehicle when the chase ended at John Young Parkway near I-4.

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Deputies said Medina met her as she was panhandling in the Tampa area back in January, first gaining her trust by giving her food and drugs.

Deputies said he later got violent and began assaulting her with a baseball bat and a flathead screwdriver.

That torture came to an end after about two-and-a-half months when he stepped inside a Walgreens, leaving her in the van.

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