Video: Fla. LEOs break down door to rescue hostage

Bodycam video shows the officers using a battering ram to break down the door of the suspect’s apartment

By Suzie Ziegler 

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Police released bodycam video this week of officers rescuing a woman who was held hostage for over four hours Sunday, police said. 

According to the agency, the woman was allegedly abducted by an ex-boyfriend at gunpoint. Tyrese Snead, 24, entered the woman’s home while she was sleeping and demanded money, reported WFLA. He then forced her into her own vehicle, which had been stolen the day before. 

Chief Briand Dugan posted the rescue video to Facebook, saying he wanted to “spotlight the hard work of the men and woman of the Tampa Police Department.” 

The video shows Snead answer the door before closing it when he sees police. The officers used a battering ram to break down the door. 

The officers were then able to get the victim to crawl to safety and bring the suspect into custody.

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“This was a scary moment for the victim who is doing OK,” said Dugan in the video. 

Police say Snead faces charges of robbery, home invasion, kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, carjacking and grand theft. 


KIDNAPPED AND RESCUED! Body worn cameras captured the moments leading up to our officers rescuing a woman from the suspect's apartment! I want to thank our officers for their continued hard work and handling unforeseen situations daily! #CopsInTheCommunity

Posted by Chief Brian Dugan on Wednesday, September 30, 2020


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