Man held without bond after trying to gouge deputy's eyes out

TAMPA - Lamont Grady is looking at a long stretch in an inmate uniform.

"He's facing a minimum of 30 years to life," said Judge Walter Heinrich in a video-court appearance this morning.  "He's also a flight risk."

The judge denying bond today after reading a slew of charges against the 21-year-old, accused of robbery -- and battery on the deputy, 18 year-veteran officer Felix Moret, who tried to question him after a man flagged the lawman down with the complaint that Grady had just stolen $30 from him along Sheldon Road.

"During that physical confrontation, the suspect was attempting to gouge out Deputy Moret's eyes," explained Hillsborough Sheriff's Office spokesman Crystal Bermudez-Nuñez.  "Shortly thereafter, Deputy Dave Burney arrived as back-up and also struggled with the suspect."

By the time both deputies used their taxers and managed to subdue Grady, they found a .32 caliber revolver on him -- with a bullet in the chamber.  A scary situation that could have been even worse.  

"But it's not often that immediately the suspect begins beating a deputy and going for their eyes trying to gouge them out," said Bermudez-Nuñez.
 
The suspect will be charged with Armed Robbery of a Person, Resist Arrest with Violence (x2), Battery on a LEO,  Carrying Concealed Firearm and Felon in Possession of a Firearm (x2).

Deputy Moret was transferred to Florida Hospital to be medically evaluated/treated and has been released. Deputy Burney received abrasions, but was medically cleared on scene.  Deputy Moret has been with HCSO for 18 years. Deputy Burney has been with HCSO for 16 years.

Both officers were off today, recuperating after a rough shift… But we are told they will be back to work this week.

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