FORT MEADE, FL – A Polk County Sheriff’s Deputy is recovering after being brutally attacked by a man in Fort Meade, Florida.
Deputies allege the suspect was arrested for stomping on the back of the deputy’s head.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to Brooke Road in Fort Mead for a reported disturbance.
As a deputy arrived, he made contact with the reporting party who informed him that the party causing the disturbance was walking down the street.
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The deputy made contact with the alleged suspect, Jordan Engle, who refused initially to stop for him. The deputy ordered Engle to stop, and he allegedly told the deputy:
“I am going to my house to get something to kill you with.”
As Engle continued walking, the deputy ordered him again to stop and this time he allegedly began running away. Engle allegedly stopped when he got to the front porch of his house and told the deputies to leave him alone.
Engle allegedly told the deputy again that he had planned to kill him.
He allegedly said:
“I am going inside to get something to kill you.”
The deputy, obviously fearing that Engle was going to follow through with his threat of retrieving a weapon, grabbed hold of Engle in an attempt to take him into custody.
As the deputy attempted to take control of Engle’s arm, a physical struggle ensued.
When the deputy grabbed hold of Engle’s arm, he pulled away, which caused the deputy to trip and fall off of a ramp at the home.
Engle allegedly used this opportunity to get on top of the deputy and stomp his right foot onto the back of the deputy’s head.
According to the report, Engle was able stomp on the deputy’s head at least four to five times.
As the deputy was trying to stop the attack and take Engle into custody, he was able to take control of Engle’s feet which caused both of them to fall off of the ramp.
When both fell, the deputy’s portable radio was broken, thus preventing him for updating responding units.
As both Engle and the deputy were on the ground, Engle allegedly was able to wrap one of his arms around the deputy’s neck from behind and started to choke him.
Thankfully, additional units arrived on scene and Engle was taken into custody.
After he was handcuffed and secured, deputies informed Engle of the Miranda warning which he waived and told the investigators that he knew the person he attacked was a law enforcement officer and that he was not scared of him.
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The Sheriff’s Deputy, who was not identified, suffered redness around his neck, swelling to the back of his head, lacerations along the left side of his neck and knee.
Thankfully, the deputy is expected to make a full recovery.
Engle was transported to the county jail where he faces several felony charges.
Engle was charged with 2nd degree attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, deprive officer use of communication, resisting officer with and without violence.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd spoke about the incident and noted that deputies learned the original disturbance was over the 18-year-old Engle dating a 15-year-old.
When the father confronted Engle about the relationship, he told him to stay away from his daughter.
Judd commented on Engle’s arrest and young age. He said:
“He’s [Engle] 18 years of age, and already facing some serious charges.”
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The agent was able to subdue the man, even though he attempted to reach for his machete during the altercation.
Turns out, he had a loaded handgun and several other weapons.
“#ARMED subject assaults #USBP agent. Our agent was assaulted by a man carrying several weapons in his backpack. During the encounter, the man tried to reach for a machete. The agent was able to subdue the subject w/o incident. We also found a loaded handgun in his pant pocket.”
The other items included wire cutters, a rope, a hatchet, a two radio and what appears to be a monocular range finder.
Luckily for the agents that patrol the El Centro sector, their jobs have not been as hectic as their counterparts in places like the Rio Grande Valley sector of Texas, which has seen more than 45,000 migrant encounters.
El Centro has made 5,000 apprehensions during that same time period. This sector is largely guarded by a border wall. Their lighter load, however, does not diminish the danger that is inherent in their roles as protectors.
And this assault is just one example of the threats that some immigrants pose on law enforcement. Yet, the current administration seems to believe there are no problems at our southern border.
According to Breitbart, more than 200 border patrol officials were assaulted during Fiscal Year 2021. That equates to exactly more than 200 too many.
Just a few days after the El Centro sector assault, roughly 730 miles to the east in the Big Bend Sector of Texas, another CBP agent was assaulted during an apprehension near Van Horn.
According to a press release from the CBP:
“While apprehending a group of five subjects early in the morning of Nov. 27th, one subject forcefully resisted arrest and punched the agent in the face in an attempt to get away. He subsequently tried to disarm the agent as they struggled, but was unsuccessful. The subject was subdued and taken in to custody without further incident.
The aggressor and agent were evaluated by medical professionals and found to have minor injuries that did not require further attention.
‘Border Patrol Agents are highly trained federal law enforcement officers,’ said Big Bend Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Chris T. Clem.
‘Encounters like this highlight the potential dangers faced in the course of their duties, even with the COVID-19 Pandemic, smugglers keep bringing people and contraband into the United States illegally, adding to the risk and I commend the agent for his actions in the face of adversity.’”
Andre Mainor-Velasquez, a Guatemalan citizen presumed to be in the country illegally, will be charged with multiple immigrations violations, as will the other members of the group he was traveling with. Mainor-Velasquez is also charged under 18 USC 111, assault of a federal officer.
In September, a San Diego sector agent attempted to apprehend individuals associated with a smuggling ring crossing the border by using a ladder to scale the wall. She was struck by one of those individuals with what investigators believed to be a 2×4. She was treated for contusions on her arms and facial lacerations.
The assault resulted in a coordinated response between US and Mexican authorities. Two search warrants were executed. They resulted in the arrest of an American citizen and four Mexican nationals.
It also led to the seizure of five vehicles, a residential property, an undisclosed amount of fentanyl pills, a half kilogram of methamphetamine, numerous rounds of various ammunition, and a cache of ready-to-use ladders.
“I commend our agents and Mexico law enforcement partners on these arrests and seizures,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke.
“Assaults against our agents will never be tolerated and as witnessed by this operation, we will always leverage our resources and strong binational partnerships to bring the perpetrators and their criminal associates to justice regardless of where they hide.”
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