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Man throws sand in officer's eyes during arrest, police say

Suspect accused of threatening to kill officers' children

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ORANGE CITY, Fla. – A man threw sand in an officer's eyes to blind him, snatched his radio so he couldn't call for backup and hurled multiple threats while being arrested early Monday morning, according to the Orange City Police Department.

Police were called around 2 a.m. to a house on Carpenter Avenue. When the first officer arrived, Franciso Burgos-Concepcion ran out of the house, said "I'm not safe," and threw a brick threw a brick at his roommate's vehicle, an incident report said.

The officer grabbed Burgos-Concepcion's arm and pulled him to the ground, but then Burgos-Concepcion grabbed a handful of dirt and sand and threw it in the officer's eyes to temporarily blind him, according to police.

The officer was temporarily blinded so Burgos-Concepcion grabbed his radio so he couldn't call for backup, the report said.

Another officer arrived at the home and was able to cuff Burgos-Concepcion, who then started threatening to kill the officers and their children, according to officials. 

The outbursts continued when Burgos-Concepcion was placed in the back of the patrol car. Police said he kicked the windows and hit his head on the cage. He suffered a minor cut on his head.

Burgos-Concepcion's wife said the incident began when she and Burgos-Concepcion got into an argument and Burgos-Concepcion kicked in a bedroom door, police said.

The roommate tried to step in and stop him, according to the report. Burgos-Concepcion hit his roommate multiple times and started throwing bricks at her and her car, police said.

Burgos-Concepcion is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a law enforcement officer.


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