Good Samaritan helps deputy being choked by suspect's handcuffs

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - A Good Samaritan stepped in early Friday morning to help a deputy being choked by a suspect who was able to escape custody at a 7-11 convenience store.

Pasco County Sheriff's spokesperson Doug Tobin said Osvaldo Flores, 32, has been arrested for escape and attempted murder of a law enforcement officer after he was able to attack the deputy while being transported to the Land O' Lakes Jail following an arrest for domestic violence injunction.

Tobin said Flores was able to get his handcuffed hands to his front, kick out a cruiser window, climb out of the vehicle and charge the deputy after the deputy pulled over at the 6926 Little Road 711 convenience store.

"As the deputy attempted to subdue to the suspect, the suspect put his handcuffs around the deputy's neck," Tobin said. "A citizen assisted the deputy and the deputy was able to fend off the attack until other units arrived on scene."

The deputy received lacerations and cuts to the face but was not seriously injured.

Flores has a history of arrest in Pasco County to include child abuse, domestic violence and fleeing to elude.

Print this article Back to Top