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Thu Jul 30, 2020, 07:09 AM

Florida man accused of illegally detaining Black 18-year-old heading to basketball practice


Luis Orlando Santos Santiago, 54, acted as a "vigilante," prosecutors said.
ByChristina Carrega
July 29, 2020, 1:24 PM
6 min read

A former Florida theme park security guard has been arrested for allegedly acting like a "vigilante" when he "racially profiled" and falsely detained a Black teen who was on his way to basketball practice, prosecutors said.

The 18-year-old was riding his bicycle during the early morning hours of June 8 when Luis Santos drove his car alongside the teenager.

"You work here? You live here?" asked Santos, 54, as he recorded with a cellphone, according to excerpts released by prosecutors.

The teenager stopped and answered Santos' questions before the situation quickly escalated.

"You're not going anywhere," said Santos, stepping out of his vehicle. "You're being detained. You're not going anywhere."

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The case is reminiscent of what led to the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in his Florida community. Zimmerman was acquitted of Martin's murder after a jury trial in which he claimed to have acted in self defense.

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https://abcnews.go.com/US/florida-man-accused-illegally-detaining-black-18-year/story?id=72051445

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Seffner man illegally detained Black teen on way to basketball practice, state attorney says
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
by: Ryan Hughes

Posted: Jul 28, 2020 / 11:36 AM EDT / Updated: Jul 29, 2020 / 04:49 PM EDT

SEFFNER, Fla. (WFLA) – In what the state attorney says appears to be a case of racial profiling, a Seffner man was charged this month for illegally detaining an African American teenager on his way to basketball practice.

The office of Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren has filed a false imprisonment charge against 54-year-old Luis Santos. He was arrested Saturday.

According to the office, the unidentified teenager was headed to basketball practice on his bicycle at 5:34 a.m. on June 9 along Lake Shore Ranch Drive. Santos is accused of stopping the teenager and holding him against his will.

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“What happened that morning should upset everyone in our community,” Warren said in a statement to 8 On Your Side. “We have skilled police officers. We don’t need vigilantes confronting people on the street.”

According to prosecutors, Santos also compelled the teen to put his hands up and held his hand near his pocket, perhaps attempting to indicate that he had a gun.

“The victim was visibly shaken and hyperventilating when deputies arrived, with his hands still over his head,” Warren’s office said. “He reasonably believed his life may be in jeopardy if he tried to leave or even move. Santos had no lawful authority to restrain a person in a public place and his own recorded words establish that he was restraining the victim, by threat, against his will.”

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https://www.wfla.com/news/hillsborough-county/seffner-man-illegally-detains-black-teen-on-way-to-basketball-practice-sao-says/

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 07:47 AM

1. Another dumbass security guard.

smh

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 07:52 AM

2. ---now, maybe Santos won't be going anywhere for a year or so.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 08:48 AM

3. Why has he not been charged with impersonating a cop?

just want to know ...

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 08:57 AM

4. $2,000 bond

for terrorizing a child.

Great country we got.

Santos was arrested Saturday and released from jail a few hours later after posting a $2,000 bail bond, records show.

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 09:19 AM

5. #1 plus plus etc

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jul 30, 2020, 10:34 AM

6. Lock him up!

Asshole.

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