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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