A Florida man attacked a police officer as he was being put in cuffs in connection to his girlfriend's murder, according to authorities. It took two witnesses to come to the cop's aid to subdue the suspect and get him in cuffs.
Around 8:30 p.m. Sept. 25, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said 37-year-old Jason Robinson’s mother called the Auburndale Police Department to report that her son had just told her that he killed his girlfriend.
A well-being check on the girlfriend was done at the couple’s home in Polk County, authorities said.
A deputy arrived at the couple’s RV and made contact with Robinson outside, who gave him a false name and date of birth, police said.
However, the deputy recognized Robinson, as he looked him up before arriving on the scene.
The deputy was beginning to put handcuffs on Robinson when he violently attacked the deputy and managed to remove the deputy’s radio and Taser. Robinson tried to choke the deputy, authorities said.
Two witnesses saw the struggle and came over to help the deputy. Together, they were able to secure Robinson in handcuffs, police said.
Sheriff Grady Judd said in a press release, “I can’t express my gratitude enough to the two witnesses who jumped in to aid my deputy during a violent fight with a very violent man. Had they not gotten involved, this could have been much worse than it already is. I’d also like to extend our condolences to the family of the victim.”
More deputies arrived on the scene and a search began for Robinson’s girlfriend, who was found buried under a pallet next to the RV door, police said.
Robinson — who has a criminal history, including 19 felonies and five misdemeanors in Florida — was arrested and charged with murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felony, battery on a law enforcement office, tampering with evidence, resisting with violence, depriving an officer with means of communication/protection and giving false ID, officials said.