Warrant issued for man suspsected in the homicide of 30-year-old Latoya Smith

Posted at 9:43 PM, Oct 28, 2016

A warrant has been issued for a man suspected in the murder of a woman found suffering from a fatal head injury.

Jovan Quinton Huggins, 23, who had previously been identified as a person of interest, is now a suspect in the murder of 30-year-old Latoya Smith, according to officials.

Smith was found in the roadway at the 2100 block of Flora Street at approximately 2:30 p.m. on October 20 suffering from a fatal head injury. She was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

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Witnesses said Smith was seen with Huggins shortly before she was found. At the time, Huggins was wearing a red shirt and black shorts.

Shortly after being found, Smith's registered black Dodge Charger was involved in a hit-and-run crash near Cass Street and Willow Avenue. A male fitting the description of Higgins was seen running from the Charger.

Anyone with any information regarding this case and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) or report anonymously online at