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Sheriff: Riverview Man Attacked Neighbors, Deputies

Isaiah Velez | Hillsborough Sheriff | Arrests

He bit an elderly man’s ear and tried to stab him with broken glass, according to the Hillsborough sheriff.

RIVERVIEW – A Riverview man was arrested after he attacked deputies and bit another man’s ear, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

Isaiah Velez, 21, of Riverview, was charged with four counts of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, two counts of Criminal Mischief $200 or Less, and one count each of Attempted Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling, Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon, Resisting Officer with Violence, Grand Theft Motor Vehicle, Lewd and Lascivious Behavior, Battery (Victim Over 65).

Deputies said they were called to Hillcrest Drive in Riverview just after 2 a.m. Monday (May 25). The caller said Velez had attacked neighbors by biting an elderly neighbor’s ear and trying to stab him with broken glass.

Deputies found Velez undressed, walking down the street. After trying to speak with him and de-escalate the situation, Velez began violently attacking deputies, who said they were forced to use their tasers.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded and cleared Velez, who suffered minor scratches as a result. Deputies on the scene suffered from lacerations and abrasions.

“This suspect refused to obey the verbal commands from our deputies,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “This is the kind of situation our deputies face daily when protecting the citizens of Hillsborough County. I want to thank these deputies for remaining calm in a difficult situation like this one. This man faces numerous felony charges and remains in jail at this time.”

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