HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL. – The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a homicide investigation in the Lake Magdalene area in Hillsborough County.
At approximately 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 10, 2022, deputies were dispatched to the 14000 block of Cherry Lake Drive. Upon arrival, deputies discovered the body of a female victim.
According to deputies, a mutual friend of the suspect and victim, who were in a relationship, called requesting a welfare check for the victim, a white female in her 40s.
Upon arrival, deputies noticed what appeared to be the body of a deceased woman in the back of a Jeep Compass parked outside the home. The body was inside of a black trash bag.
Deputies began making attempts to speak with the suspect, 52-year-old Charles Siminski, who refused to come out of his home. The HCSO SWAT, Bomb Squad, and Crisis Negotiation Team were called to the residence. After hours of attempting to negotiate with the suspect to come out of his residence, Siminski was ultimately found deceased inside of a bedroom due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Siminski’s criminal history shows domestic violence involving the victim, including an arrest in September 2021 for battery and an incident on December 4, 2021, where the victim suffered a laceration to the head after reportedly jumping out of a limousine on N Dale Mabry Highway following a domestic violence incident with Siminski.
“It is always a tragedy when a victim loses their life at the hands of their abuser when help is simply a phone call away,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “As we continue to investigate what led up to this incident, I am urging anyone who believes they are a victim of domestic violence or who knows someone who could be a victim to reach out for assistance through one of the many organizations in our community, including the Spring of Tampa Bay.”
The investigation continues, and we will update this story as more details are released.
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