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Florida man, 54, pretends to have a gun as he ‘detains’ terrified black teen biking to basketball follow


A FLORIDA man has been charged after he allegedly detained a black teen who was biking to basketball follow.
Luis Orlando Santos Santiago, 54, acted like a “vigilante” when he “racially profiled” and falsely detained the 18-year-old, prosectors stated.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Workplace

Luis Orlando Santos Santiago, 54, has been charged after allegedly detaining a black teen heading to basketball follow[/caption]

10 Tampa Bay

Santos acted like a ‘vigilante’ when he ‘racially profiled’ and falsely detained the 18-year-old, prosectors stated[/caption]

Santos was launched on $2,000 bond on July 25, in response to on-line jail information.
He might withstand 5 years in jail if convicted on felony third-degree false imprisonment prices.
In cellphone footage Santos shot, which as launched by prosecutors, Santos pulled up alongside the teenager in his automotive and requested, “You’re employed right here? You reside right here?”
However after the teenager answered Santos’ questions, the scenario shortly escalated on June 9, in Seffner, Florida.
Santos, a former theme park safety guard, then stated: “You’re not going wherever.”

CELLPHONE RECORDING

Stepping out of his automobile, he stated: “You’re being detained. You’re not going wherever.”
Earlier than the 30-second video stopped, {the teenager} stated he was “sorry.”
Santos then referred to as 911 to elucidate how he had seen the teenager within the video “breaking into vehicles.”
The 54-year-old then stated he although the teenager, who was unidentified, had stolen a motorbike.
There was no proof of both crime, prosecutors with the Hillsborough State Lawyer’s Workplace stated.

10 Tampa Bay

Through the roughly 30-second cellphone footage, the teenager could possibly be heard saying he was sorry[/caption]

ABC Information

In a 911 name, Santos advised the operator that the teenager was breaking into vehicles[/caption]

In accordance with a recording of the 911 name, Santos recognized himself to the operator as an off-duty workplace.
Prosecutors stated that as a result of Santos had left his jobs as a safety guard six months earlier than the incident, his required safety officer certifications have been nonetheless legitimate, so he couldn’t be accused of impersonating an officer.
State Lawyer Andrew Warren stated in an announcement: “What occurred that morning ought to upset everybody in our group. We have now expert law enforcement officials – we don’t want vigilantes confronting folks on the road.
Warren added that Santos actions have been regarding what “seems to be a case of racial profiling.”

‘NO LEGAL AUTHORITY’

Warren added: “There have been current examples of confrontations like this throughout the nation which have ended tragically. The truth that this didn’t finish with a lack of life doesn’t make it any much less of against the law. What Mr. Santos did is unacceptable and unlawful – now he’ll face penalties for his actions.”
Prosectors advised ABC Information on Wednesday that the case can be not being categorised as a hate crime.
Santos, prosectors stated, had no authorized authority to detain the 18-year-old.
In accordance with jail information, Santos categorised himself as a white Hispanic.
He listed his employment as a store assistant in Tampa.
In accordance with the legal affidavit, Santos allegedly put his proper hand over the pocket of his pants in a “method that made the sufferer really feel as if the defendant might have a weapon, although none was seen.”


It took native sheriff’s deputies round eight minutes to reach, in response to stories, throughout which period the teenager saved his arms within the air.
Comparisons have been made to the 2012 taking pictures demise of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, who was a volunteer with a neighborhood watch group in Florida.
After a jury determined Zimmerman had acted in self protection, he was later acquitted.