Valrico Man Charged in Bank Robbery, Carjacking, Murder
After Hillsborough deputies interviewed him for several hours, they say, he confessed to the murder of 68-year-old Mathew Korattiyil and the robbery of CenterState Bank in Valrico.
VALRICO – A Valrico man is facing multiple felony charges that include first-degree murder and kidnapping arising from the death of a man who was carjacked during a getaway after a bank robbery Tuesday (Aug. 6), the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.
Mathew Korattiyil, 68, was found deceased about 4 p.m. Tuesday outside the Sacred Heart Knanaya Catholic Community Center, 2620 Washington Road in Valrico. The church is less than five minutes from the CenterState Bank on State Road 60 where Mr. Korattiyil was carjacked at gunpoint around 10:30 a.m.
Deputies arrested James William Hanson Jr., 39, of Valrico. Hanson is charged with one count each of Premeditated First Degree Murder, Carjacking, Grand Theft Motor Vehicle, Kidnapping, Resisting an Officer with Violence, and Robbery (Less than $300). All are felonies. After interviewing him for several hours, deputies said, Hanson gave a full confession to detectives.
Hanson has a lengthy criminal history that includes these Florida charges: Burglary with assault of Battery, Pass Forged, Larceny, Burglary of Dwelling with Assault, Burglary of Dwelling Unarmed, Grand Theft, Trespassing after Warning, Robbery with Firearm North Carolina charges- Robbery with Dangerous Weapon, Possession of Stolen Goods, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery
He was arrested after a vehicle pursuit that ended with Hanson’s crashing Mr. Korattiyil’s stolen 2019 Lexus SUV near the intersection of S St Cloud Avenue and SR 60.
“This is not the outcome any of our deputies hoped for after working tirelessly to locate Mr. Korattiyil. We committed nearly 100 deputies and members of the FBI to searching for him, but unfortunately this innocent man’s life was taken at a location less than five minutes from where he was kidnapped,” Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “Tonight, we are grieving with his family and the Valrico community. Senseless acts of violence like this are not common in Hillsborough County, but they will never be tolerated. We will work to make sure the person responsible for Mr. Korattiyil’s murder is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Deputies said Hanson, who was armed with a gun, robbed the CenterState Bank about 10:30 a.m. While trying to leave the bank,Hanson pointed a gun at Mr. Korattiyil and carjacked him. Hanson fled in Korattiyil’s white 2019 Lexus SUV.
Hillsborough County Sheriff‘s Office deputies found and pursued the SUV until Hanson crashed it, causing it to overturn near the intersection of S St Cloud Ave and SR 60. Deputies said Hanson hit another vehicle as he fled, but that person was not injured.
Photo shows Mathew Korattiyil, left, and James William Hanson Jr.
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