• Report: UNF student Tased six times, bit through officer's bulletproof vest

    By: News 104.5 WOKV

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    He claimed to be a “testament from God.”

    University of North Florida Police have arrested 19-year-old Larenzo Askew, in a call that initially started as a student possibly under the influence of acid who was creating a disturbance at the Osprey Cove Building U.  


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    The incident report we’ve obtained says when the responding officer tried to speak with Askew, he had “a thousand yard stare as if looking through me” and “mumbled incoherent statements”.

    Askew then allegedly took off running, and refused commands to stop. Officers caught up to him and started cuffing him, but say Askew resisted and “was extremely strong as if in a state of excited delirium”.

    The report says Askew made threats against one of the officers and bit through her bulletproof vest so hard that it broke skin in her stomach area.


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    Askew continued to resist, saying things like “I am a testament from God”, and ultimately an officer deployed his taser more than half a dozen times with no perceived effect.

    Another officer suffered some scratches and back pain while restraining Askew, who they kept in custody by pinning him to the ground until Jacksonville Fire and Rescue restrained him in a stretcher.

    A witness told police Askew was under the influence of acid, according to the report.


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    Askew has been arrested for breach of the peace, aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, simple battery on a law enforcement officer, and resisting an officer without violence.

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