Orlando firefighter accused of using knife to frighten co-worker at station

Lateef Omari Williams, 44, faces battery, aggravated assault charges

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ORLANDO, Fla. – A firefighter with the Orlando Fire Department was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 26, accused of using a knife to frighten a co-worker at Orlando Fire Station 9 the week prior.

Lateef Omari Williams, 44, put another member of the fire department “in fear” during an incident which took place Sept. 16, according to a statement from the Orlando Police Department.

According to an affidavit for an arrest warrant, the victim was washing dishes at the station and joked about using dish soap on a piece of cast-iron cookware. Williams, at that moment, is accused of saying something to the effect of, “You don’t do that around here,” approaching the victim from behind, wrapping his arms around their back and neck and placing a knife against the victim’s throat, telling them, “that’s how people get killed.”

The affidavit goes on to describe how Williams stated he was only joking and used either the dull side of the blade or its handle to do so.

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The victim desired prosecution and reported the incident the following day, police said. An investigation was conducted and has since resulted in charges for Williams, that of simple battery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the statement.

Orlando Fire Station 9 is located at 3840 Center Loop.

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