PALM COAST, Fla. – A California man wanted for failing to appear in Texas court was booked in Flagler County on Tuesday after deputies responding to a call regarding his “aggressive” door-to-door sales tactics in Palm Coast discovered an out-of-state warrant in his name, officials said.
Deputies responded to Ryecrest Lane around 1:15 p.m., where dispatchers were told a man — later identified as Khristopher Kiwanuka, 39 — was attempting to sell someone a home security system and “was being aggressive about it,” according to a news release.
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Deputies located and interviewed Kiwanuka nearby on the same street, where they later discovered the warrant. According to the sheriff’s office, Kiwanuka was wanted for failure to appear in Texas court on charges of marijuana possession above 2 ounces, theft of a firearm and unlawful carrying of a weapon.
“He was a very aggressive salesman. Not really willing to take a no for an answer, says he didn’t have a permit to solicit door-to-door in Palm Coast,” Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly said. “He had a burglary history, weapons and drug history in California, Arizona and Texas. So clearly the security company didn’t do a very good background on this guy.”
On body-worn camera video, a Flagler deputy can be seen explaining to Kiwanuka that, while an issue such as writing a traffic citation is often left up to the deputy’s discretion, they had no choice but to bring Kiwanuka in.
Kiwanuka was booked at the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility within the hour, where he’s being held on no bond as he awaits extradition to Texas, officials said.
“If you’re not expecting a service provider at your door, knocking on it, don’t answer the door. Keep the doors locked,” Staly said. “We would much rather come and investigate a hundred false suspicious person calls than you not call and we have a serious crime or burglary that could have been prevented.”
See the body-worn camera video in the player below:
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