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WATCH: Body camera video shows Flagler County suspect grabbing gun during traffic stop

A Flagler County man was arrested after deputies said he pulled out his gun during a traffic stop. The incident was captured on a deputy’s body camera video. 

Alphonso Brooks was pulled over Thursday night for not stopping fully at a stop sign, deputies said. 

According to a report, Brooks seemed unusually nervous. A Bunnell police officer arrived with a K-9 to assist with the stop.

The K-9 sensed narcotics, so Brooks was asked to step out of the vehicle, according to a report. 

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As he stepped out, deputies said Brooks could be seen reaching back to the driver’s seat, grabbing a gun and holding it to his side in an apparent attempt to hide it from the officers. 

Deputies said as Brooks stood up, the grip of the pistol was grasped in Brooks’ right palm with his fingers wrapped around the grip, consistent with how a firearm is fired.

The deputy yelled, “Gun!” multiple times and drew his firearm from his holster. 

The deputy then pinned Brooks against the vehicle as the firearm became dislodged from Brooks’ grip and fell to the ground. 

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“This encounter could have quickly become a deputy involved shooting caused by the suspect’s actions,” said Sheriff Rick Staly.  “Deputies showed great restraint and are safe because of their training and teamwork. This could have had a very different outcome with the death of Brooks or a deputy of officer.”

Brooks was arrested on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of ammunition by a felon and carrying a concealed firearm. 

He’s being held in jail on a $50,000 bond. 

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'I knew exactly what I was doing. I'm not crazy': Man arrested after disturbance at OIA

A man said he purposely caused a disturbance at a ticket counter at Orlando International Airport when he was told he wouldn’t make his flight.

“I knew exactly what I was doing. I’m not crazy,” said Jeffrey Epstein as he bonded out of jail Thursday afternoon.

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The Lakeland man’s trip to Philadelphia ended in handcuffs after he said he was trying to make a point.

Epstein said he was at the American Airlines ticket counter around 6 a.m. Thursday when an employee told him he wouldn’t make the flight.

“If she said to me, ‘You’re too late. You’re not going to make it,’ I would have been fine. But she gave me an attitude,” Epstein said. “I thought if they were faster, I could make it.”

Epstein admits that’s when he became “loud and obnoxious.”

The ticket agent called police. According to a police report, Epstein refused to cooperate.

“I didn’t put my hands behind my back because I didn’t trust that policeman,” Epstein said.

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Police used pepper spray as they tried to detain him. Epstein said the handcuffs on his wrists were too tight.

Epstein faces charges, including battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, trespassing on property after warning and disorderly conduct.

An OIA spokesperson said the incident did not disrupt airport operations.

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Political Salsa forum provided lively discussion with Puerto Rican voters tuned in

Many of the people on Florida ballots appeared at a forum in Orlando Thursday evening to discuss problems affecting Central Florida.

The third annual Political Salsa event gave voters the opportunity to meet candidates and learn about where they stand on major issues.

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This year’s event held special significance for thousands of displaced Puerto Ricans temporarily calling Central Florida home after Hurricane Maria.

Organizers posted on Facebook Monday that the event was sold out.

The event was hosted by the Puerto Rican Bar Association. The panels were moderated by Channel 9 anchor Nancy Alvarez.

The following candidates participated:

  • State House candidate Anna Eskamani (Democrat)
  • State House candidate Bob Cortes (Republican)
  • U.S. Rep. Darren Soto (Democrat)
  • U.S. House candidate Mike Miller (Republican)
  • U.S. House candidate Wayne Liebnitzky (Republican)
  • Orange County Sheriff candidate Joe Lopez (Democrat)
  • Orange County Commissioner candidate Maribel Gomez-Cordero (Democrat)

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"The majority of (those in attendance are) Puerto Ricans who want to know what is going on in the political climate of Central Florida and the state of Florida," said JJ Rodriguez, a Hispanic Republican leader.

Organizers said their goal was to host a non-partisan, festive campaign atmosphere that empowers Puerto Rican voters to learn more about the region and the people on the ballot.

The event was held at the Acacia on North Econlockhatchee Trail near East Colonial Drive in Union Park.

Florida's primary will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

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'You don't want to do this,' 92-year-old man tells carjacking suspect

A 92-year-old man told Channel 9 on Thursday that he tried to give a 37-year-old carjacking suspect the opportunity to run away, but the man pushed him to the ground.

Harry Rohr, a lifelong watchmaker, said he was retrieving watches from his van at his home in Lockhart on Tuesday morning when Jonathan Sandoval allegedly carjacked him.

"I said to him, 'You don't want to do this. This is a 92-year-old body,'" Rohr said. "The back of that head was bleeding like a stuck pig."

Rohr said he badly sprained part of his left side during the incident.

Read: Man, 92, carjacked in Lockhart neighborhood, deputies say

"I have things to do, places to go. I'm a busy person. I can't be sitting around doing nothing," he said. "That's what I told them in the hospital."

Rohr said he wasn't scared to return home because his neighborhood has a neighborhood watch, and he credits it for the suspect's swift capture.

Read: Man's body discovered along Little Econlockhatchee River

"It was a dangerous situation at the time, but it was all handled very well," Rohr said.

Deputies said Sandoval ditched the stolen car off Forest City Road and ran away before he was ultimately arrested on carjacking and battery charges. He was also charged with attempted burglary in an unrelated incident.

Rohr said the incident won't keep him from helping others.

"(I) did it on purpose, because I wanted to give him that last chance, because I'm a volunteer minister, and I want to help people," he said. "I want to help people to do the right thing."

92 yo Harry Rohr tells me he was getting these watches when he was carjacked in front of his house Tuesday morning. Coming up at 5, hear what he said to try and get the assailant to do the right thing. @WFTV — Cierra Putman WFTV (@CPutman_WFTV) August 16, 2018
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