HOMELESS HELP SUBDUE VIOLENT SUSPECT
- BSO Case Number: PB12-03-0680
- PIO Number: 12-3-13
- Date: March 3, 2012
- Time: 8:06 a.m.
- Place of Occurrence: McDonald’s restaurant, 1350 NW 31 Ave., Pompano Beach
- Jurisdiction: Pompano Beach
- Michael Wyatt, 58, male, Pompano Beach
- Dep. Kevin Meyer, Broward Sheriff’s Office
- Patrick Davis, 1/16/83, male, 811 SW 67 Ave, North Lauderdale
Description of Incident:
A violent robbery suspect was taken into custody, thanks in part to the helping hands of homeless men who came to a deputy’s aid when a routine arrest turned into a knock-down drag-out brawl.
Deputy Kevin Meyer was dispatched to a Pompano Beach McDonald’s shortly after 8 am Saturday in response to a disturbance. Upon arrival, Dep. Meyer was told that the suspect, Patrick Davis, had tried to steal another man’s backpack. Davis was still inside, but headed toward the door with a metal object in his hand. Dep. Meyer detained Davis, who instantly began to resist arrest. Dep. Meyer took Davis to the floor and began to handcuff him when Davis reacted with what Dep. Meyer described as “super strength.” The deputy’s glasses were knocked off, his radio microphone came off his lapel and his handcuffs fell on the floor.
Dep. Meyer never let go of Davis as they grappled on the floor. Three homeless men were inside the eatery and they decided to get involved. Peter Finch and Jose Ramos, who both stay at a nearby homeless shelter, went hands-on with the suspect, with Finch grabbing Davis’ feet while Ramos helped to hold him down. Homeless man Carmello Maldonade also offered to assist. When a back-up deputy arrived Davis was cuffed and secured.
Davis continued his misbehavior after he was placed in the back of a marked patrol car, kicking out the window and trying to escape. Davis was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, obstruction with violence, criminal mischief, depriving an officer of means of communication, attempted escape, and robbery with a weapon (he had a metal rod in his hand). He is being held without bond in BSO’s jail on the current charges and two outstanding cocaine offenses.
Dep. Meyer sustained bruised ribs and other minor injuries but was not seriously hurt.
A jail photo of the suspect is attached. The video is available at sheriff.org.
- THIS REPORT BY: Dets. V. Carrasquillo and S. Hoover, Robbery Jim Leljedal / PIO Capt. W. Adkins, Dep. K. Meyer, Pompano Beach 3/8/12 1200