Man who saved deputy has criminal history

Good samartian says he's getting his life together

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - Anthony Stinnett still can't believe all the attention he's getting for what he did last Friday.

"Just seen somebody that was in trouble and needed some help."

That somebody was a Pasco Sheriff's Deputy, under attack outside a New Port Richey 7-11.

"I kept hearing the bangs, so I thought he got a flat tire," said Stinnett.

Authorities say the noise was the sound of Osvaldo Flores busting out a window on rookie deputy John Brown's cruiser.

Flores was headed to jail on domestic violence charges.

"The guy just jumped out like a bullet and rushed the cop and somehow tackled him and got behind the neck with the cuffs and started choking him," said Stinnett.

That's when Anthony came to the rescue, knocking Flores off the deputy and helping subdue him until backup arrived.

"I can't really remember everything, because my adrenalin was going so much," he said.

Helping the police? It's not exactly something Anthony thought he'd end up doing. You see, he's been involved with the Sheriff's Office before when was arrested four different times.

"Yea, I've had a rough patch in my life, buy you know I'm finally straightened up and trying to get my life together," said Stinnett.

Stinnett got a lot of hand shakes that night, but there's more to come. He'll be given an award by the Sheriff's Office.

"No matter what he's done in the past, at that moment he decided to do something good. And that was to help one of our deputies. So I applaud him for stepping in and doing something at the right time, at the right moment," said Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco.

Good thing his fiance sent him on a late night run to pick up some Mountain Dew.

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