Fla. man tries to burn deputy’s face with meth torch
The suspect was charged with aggravated assault on an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest
By Joanna Putman
SARASOTA, Fla. — A Florida man has been arrested after he allegedly tried to burn a deputy’s face with a torch used for smoking methamphetamines, WWSB reported.
Gerardo Luna Jr. was wanted on several warrants, police say. Deputies from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office surrounded his house to arrest him and a deputy knocked on the door.
Luna stepped out the back door, saw deputies and ran back inside, according to the report. When deputies established a line of communication with him, he told them all he wanted to do was smoke. He lit a torch and used a glass pipe to smoke methamphetamines.
Deputies then rammed the back door but were only able to open it halfway. Luna braced the door with his body to prevent officers from getting in.
Luna then attempted to use his meth torch to burn a deputy in the face but was unsuccessful.
Another deputy was able to break the door off its hinges and Luna was arrested without further incident, according to the report.