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Updated: 09/14/2013 08:00:01AM

Police deploy Taser 3 times in arrest

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Ryan C. Hoffman, 39, of 4617 Steamboat Ave., Lakeland, was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with force, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia on Sept. 1, the Bartow Police Department reports.

Police used a Taser on Hoffman three times during the incident but checked out at Bartow Regional Medical Center as being OK before he was booked into the Polk County Jail, police report.

At about 11 a.m. Sept. 1 during patrol on U.S. 17 and Main Street, an officer saw Hoffman in a parking lot looking inside various cars, reports say. The officer went into the parking lot and when Hoffman saw the police car he ducked behind a parked car trying to keep himself from being seen, police reported.

A backup officer arrived and when they began to speak with Hoffman, one officer saw Hoffman had a knife in his right front pocket. The officer asked Hoffman if he could have the knife while they spoke. Hoffman then put his hand into his pocket to contain the knife there.

The officers then grabbed Hoffman’s arms and ordered him to remove his hand from his pocket, which he resisted, police reported.

They tried to put handcuffs on Hoffman to protect themselves but Hoffman pushed off the officers and broke free. A struggle ensued and and as the officers were trying to get Hoffman onto the ground, one used his taser and Hoffman fell to the ground, the police report said.

Once on the ground, Hoffman continued to resist and continued to fight and would not put his hands behind his back. This made it necessary for the officer to use his Taser two more times before they were able to contain him, the police reported.

As Hoffman’s arms were placed behind his back, he was searched. Police say the knife was confiscated but also found in his pocket was a small blue container and a small blue cloth. Inside the blue cloth there was a clear glass pipe, police reported. Inside the container were four small plastic baggies and several appeared to have white powder residue on them. A fifth baggie had a small orange pill. Also inside the blue container was a sixth baggie with a white crystal-like substance, police reported. This tested positive for methamphetamine.

Once control was totally gained on the suspect, the officers contacted Polk County EMS so Hoffman could be transported to Bartow Regional Medical Center.

Officer given false ID

A 29-year-old Lake Wales resident was charged with giving a false name to law enforcement on Sept. 3, the Bartow Police Department reported.

Juan Erasmo Trevino, also known as Johnny, of 504 7th St. Lake Wales, was encountered by a Bartow Police Officer at 515 S. Orange Ave. Reports say he told officers his name was Francisco E. Trevino. A neighbor there said she knew him and it was all right to leave him at the property.

Later that day, the police department received three 911 calls from a phone number at 550 E. Boulevard St. When dispatch called the number, a voicemail message said the phone belonged to a female and that it been stolen from her, police reported. When dispatch made contact with the female owner of the phone, she said she had been talking with Juan E. Trevino, who had the phone and who was her son.

When officers again asked Trevino for his name, police say he said it was Francisco. Officers requested a verification on their computer and the result showed Juan had a warrant from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for grand theft and another computer check that with a photo revealed Francisco was Juan, police reported.

Lights out leads to VOP arrest

A 38-year-old woman was charged with violation of probation on Aug. 29 after she was stopped for riding a bicycle without headlights though she had working headlights, the Bartow Police Department reports.

Donna Elaine Petrovich, of 770 E. Lemon St., Bartow, was stopped near the Jean O’Dell Learning Center on South Floral Avenue, because she was allegedly riding at 1:50 a.m. without headlights. After a check was run on her, police discovered she was on probation for grand theft and had a curfew of 11 p.m. She said she had an argument with her boyfriend and she left the house in anger and forgot about the curfew.


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