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Man Charged with Escape, After Fleeing in Handcuffs

SPRING HILL – A Tampa man is behind bars today, after he assaulted a Sheriff’s Deputy and fled the scene with his hands cuffed behind his back.

According to reports, Deputy Cory Zarcone conducted a traffic stop on a bicycle ridden by 25-year-old Justin James Rooks, in the area of Baldwin Street and Toucan Trail. A check of Rooks driver’s license revealed a warrant out of Pasco County for failing to appear on a possession of paraphernalia charge.

Zarcone immediately placed one handcuff on Rooks’ left wrist and advised him that he was under arrest for the warrant. Rooks began struggling and tried to pull away, but Zarcone was able to latch the second handcuff to Rooks’ right wrist. During the struggle, Rooks spun around and pushed Zarcone, causing both to fall to the ground. Rooks regained his footing and fled southbound on Baldwin Street.

Several deputies responded to the scene to establish a perimeter, and with the aid of a K-9 unit Rooks was located hiding nearby behind a shed.

Rooks sustained a K-9 bite on his forearm and was transported to Bayfront Health Brooksville for treatment. After his release, he was transported to the Hernando County Jail and booked on charges of Battery on an LEO, Resisting Arrests with Violence, and Escape. Rooks is held without bond, due to the outstanding warrant.

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  • Looks at Rooks he’s no crooks,,,,what a moron….at least steal a headlight and taillight from your local China Mart…efn clown….saw some spring hill talkers are piped in…dah kops gut know rite two stopem heez on ahh bike u peepol r vary dumm..hahaha..

    Friday, 14 August 2015, 1:34 pm
    • English. Do you speak it?

      Sunday, 16 August 2015, 10:59 pm
  • Hawkeye and uncle i totally agree with you…something is very wrong with people today and they don’t see it, heart breaking

    Friday, 14 August 2015, 11:08 am
  • middle age peaple on bikes are suspicious, riding around aimlessly in neighborhoods.

    Thursday, 13 August 2015, 11:10 pm
  • Cops got nothing better to do..then to stop bicycles. Wow?

    Thursday, 13 August 2015, 9:37 pm
    • If you have nothing to hide, why worry. If your concern is “Cops have nothing better to do” then you have issues. This punk just happened to be wanted on a warrant. I say great job by the HCSO. And like Uncle C said, middle aged people wandering around neighborhoods on a bike, in the dark, are suspect. Worth checking out.

      Friday, 14 August 2015, 9:19 am
  • Sure hope so, they didn’t state, please let us know

    Thursday, 13 August 2015, 8:40 pm
  • What about the Deputy that apprehended this person, Is he ok?

    Thursday, 13 August 2015, 7:50 pm
  • cory’s life matters

    Thursday, 13 August 2015, 7:07 pm
  • You got that right

    Thursday, 13 August 2015, 7:06 pm
  • DEET DA DEET WHAT A TWIT AN FOR OUR K-9 HERO , GOOD BOY !! JOB WELL DONE ,AN THANKS FOR TAKING A BITE OUT OF CRIME

    Thursday, 13 August 2015, 5:36 pm
  • Sorry, but I have to laugh at this guy. He had an FTA for a misdemeaner charge and he turned it into several felonies. What an idiot !!!!

    Thursday, 13 August 2015, 5:25 pm
  • Lmao you got that right…give him some bacon strips

    Thursday, 13 August 2015, 3:55 pm
  • Good dog

    Thursday, 13 August 2015, 2:37 pm
  • So many losers around here ! Get a real life

    Thursday, 13 August 2015, 1:35 pm
  • Well the last i heard bicycles had to obey the law of the highways just like i have to in a car. You can even get a dui even on mopeds, golf cart, lawn mower

    Thursday, 13 August 2015, 1:04 pm
  • I wonder if he will take the k-9 to court for biting him

    Thursday, 13 August 2015, 11:28 am
  • Good work by law enforcement!

    Thursday, 13 August 2015, 11:28 am
  • [b] conducted a traffic stop on a bicycle ridden.[/b]

    What was the reason for stopping this bicycle rider?

    Thursday, 13 August 2015, 11:23 am
  • Great … We don’t have enough of our own hoodlums here in county , they’re coming from other nearby places !!!! Good job HCSO for a quick end to this incident..

    Thursday, 13 August 2015, 10:56 am

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