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Deputy Injured After Punching Violent Suspect in the Face, Unrelated Suspect Faces 5-Counts, Armed Robbery, Kidnapping

HERNANDO – The Sheriff’s Office is reporting two major case arrests today; one that resulted in a Sheriff’s Deputy injuring his hand while attempting to subdue a violent suspect.

Deputies responded to the 8300 block of Omaha Circle around 2:25 a.m. Monday, after reports of a domestic battery in progress. Officials aren’t commenting on the details of the case but according to sources, deputies observed 41-year-old Lorenzo Telly Roundtree dragging a female victim into a nearby wooded area where he strangled her. Witnesses say Roundtree fought with Deputies when they tried to stop the attack, resulting in one of the Deputies severely injuring his hand after punching him in the face. One witness says Roundtree was completely knocked out from the deputy’s punch, giving them the opportunity to secure him with handcuffs.

Roundtree is charged with Kidnapping, Assault on LEO, Battery by Strangulation, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of Cocaine. Bond has been set at $16,000 but Roundtree is being held without bond due to violating felony probation.

Roundtree has an extensive violent criminal history, including several Domestic Battery, Battery on LEO, Resisting Arrest, and drug charges.

Officials would not identify or comment on the injured Deputy but sources say he suffered severe injuries that will require numerous surgeries to repair damage to his hand.

There is no information the victim’s condition at this time.

Officials say Roundtree is facing one count of Attempted Murder but that charge was not mentioned during a First Appearance Hearing this morning.

A Wildwood man is facing five counts of Armed Robbery and Kidnapping, after April 3rd Home Invasion that took place at a residence on Barcrest Street in Brooksville.

27-year-old Denzel Devon Smith was taken into custody on Monday and held on a $550,000 bond. A First Appearance Judge has since reduced his bond to $275,000.

Officials aren’t releasing the details of the home invasion at this time.

We will bring more on these stories as they develop.

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  • Prayers for this deputy through his hand surgeries. The deputy no doubt saved her life; this thug was dragging her into the woods while high on cocaine and strangling her. What a hero! Not gonna second guess his technique as I don’t know what I would have done coming upon such a violent offender who had nothing to lose. But end result is that the violent criminal is behind bars and a life was saved. Way to go HCSO!

    Thursday, 28 September 2017, 10:02 am
  • Just keep up the early paroles and plea deals and he’ll kill someone eventually. He’s 41 and very violent. We’ll be reading about him again.

    Thursday, 28 September 2017, 8:04 am
  • Should have used his night stick (Billy club) on the guy and saved his hand from injury.

    Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 9:07 am
  • No Merci, main attraction in hernando co./ nature coast is the BARS SO THEY CAN GET DRUNK AND BUY DRUGS!!!!

    Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 8:45 am
    • that too

      Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 9:53 am
  • YUPPERS!!!!!!!!!! You will not stop this POS anytime he will be in the news again and again, next time maybe obituary. Nahhhh!! We will keep paying for scum like this until death do us part.

    Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 7:56 am
  • I don’t understand.All the weapons and tools they have(guns and tasers) how about a baton(billy club) upside his head?This was very dumm and shows lack of proper training and procedure.Now the dep will probably be out on a disability pension at taxpayer expense.

    Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 6:22 am
    • The deputy pepper sprayed and tazed him. The man was very high.

      Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 11:33 pm
  • They shoulda taze’d his ass and not let go til he dropped. And for the stupid judge to LOWER HIS DAMN BAIL is insane. WHY THE HELL are they letting all these violent repeat offenders off so damn easy?!? To include murderers. Once they are p/u and charged (especially with eye witness accounts to the crime), there should be NO BAIL PERIOD for such violent offenders.They chose the crime…then they chose to do time. End of story. Somebody needs to hold some of these inept JUDGES accountable…

    Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 6:12 am
  • Why don’t you take a knee ? Too many of you racist rednecks running your mouths, ( or should I say “typing away”). Thanks Trump for bringing them all of the woods. They should make a “Trumpland” so all of you racists can live there with him.

    Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 9:35 pm
    • i’m in, anyone else?

      Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 11:55 pm
    • Cause that’s where you belong–On Your Knees and while you’re down there….Trump rules and all the racist black people get on their knees because of him!!! I LOVE it !!!!!! Go Trump !

      Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 6:02 am
      • Why do always find a way to bring politics into EVERYTHING ..this has absolutely nothing to do with politics or Trump or Clinton or anybody else. It’s about some coked up POS trying to kill somebody.

        Thursday, 28 September 2017, 6:33 pm
    • You’re the racist for assuming people are making these comments because he’s black. You’re assuming everybody on this comment section is white. trust me if a white man did this people would have the same reaction,, punching kicking tackle um hidden with a damn broom whatever you got to do to save that innocent person’s life.

      Thursday, 28 September 2017, 6:36 pm
  • when a pos refuses to let go while choking a woman. thats when u use any force necessary to save her.. regardless of a weapon.. i promise u natalia if u were on the ground and a multiple felon was choking u .. u wld say kill him now .. i promise u wld

    Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 9:24 pm
    • So true…

      Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 12:21 pm
  • They had all the rights to shoot this scumbag but wait he wasn’t white and that’s why they didn’t shoot him. They’re not going to shoot a black guy because that’s against the law you know black lives matter

    Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 9:13 pm
  • No, they set a ridiculously low bail so all these d-bag murderers can run loose around the state – they’re the main tourist attraction.

    Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 5:23 pm
  • Take A knee!

    Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 5:11 pm
    • good one!

      Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 11:53 pm
    • Taking a knee is about those not committing a crime but lose their lives!

      Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 12:23 pm
  • why didn’t they cap his (shootem) case closed, money saved and no injuries to LEO personnel

    Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 4:35 pm
    • Because they don’t want protests for shooting an innocent person.

      Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 8:11 pm
    • Need to cap your ! Who are you to judge and say when someone should be killed!!? Smh u need to pray for yourself with that mindset!

      Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 8:21 pm
      • Nope. Definitely shoot em.

        Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 10:15 pm
      • i concur as well, shoot them in the face

        Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 11:52 pm
        • Shoot him then punch him in the least then you can line it up and follow through so you dont break your hand.

          Thursday, 28 September 2017, 6:30 pm

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