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Woman accused of helping alleged cop killer arrested again
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Woman accused of helping alleged cop killer arrested again

Seffner, FL -- Alaina Nichole Riggins, a 26-year-old Seffner woman suspected of helping murder suspect Dontae Morris hide from authorities, has been re-arrested.

Morris is accused of shooting and killing Tampa police officers, David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab, during an early morning traffic stop on June 29, 2010.

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Riggins was re-arrested Sunday during a traffic stop for allegedly not using her turn signal. The officer says she refused to get out of her vehicle and had to be removed from it. The officer says he saw a small .22 caliber semi-automatic firearm that was concealed under her right thigh on the driver's seat.

Riggins was searched and the officer says he found marijuana and $245 dollars in her pants pocket. Crack cocaine was also found on the dashboard of the vehicle along with crack packaged in plastic bags.

The officer found 72 rounds of ammunition in her backpack too.

In July of last year, Riggins was arrested, along with Morris' brother, Dwayne Callaway. They were arrested at a Motel 6 off I-275 and Fowler Avenue.

Police say the two had a handgun, cocaine and marijuana in their possession. Alaina Riggins had been released on surety bond.

Police Chief Jane Castor said back then that Riggins had a "close-knit friendship" with Morris and Callaway and that they were aggressively hunting for those who helped Dontae Morris hide for more than three days after officers Curtis and Kocab were shot and killed.

Alaina Riggins' mother, Carolyn Riggins, is the aunt of Dontae Morris. She was a 10-year employee at TPD until it was ruled that she was in violation of two Tampa Police Department Manual of Regulations and two City of Tampa policies. She was suspended, and then later fired from her position.

Chief Castor says it was discovered that Carolyn's daughter, Alaina, had a "close, personal" friendship with Morris and may have been in contact with him while he was on the run.

Police also said Carolyn Riggins never disclosed her family relationship with Morris while the manhunt was going on, and both withheld pertinent information that could have aided in the suspect's apprehension and provided information to his associates that interfered with the department's ability to track down the suspect.

Carolyn Riggins' relationship to the suspect and his associates played no role in her termination.

"Her dismissal is based solely on her actions that hindered the search for Dontae Morris."

Meanwhile, Alaina Riggins is now facing several new charges including fleeing and eluding, possession of crack and marijuana with intent to sell, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, use of firearm during a felony, resisting without violence and possession of paraphernalia.

Riggins' bond has been set at $614,000.

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