DEERFIELD BEACH, Florida – It was a cop who needed help when a woman called 911 Monday night to report a mob of 30 young people yelling, screaming and chasing a deputy in Deerfield Beach.
“A police officer needs help right now in Deerfield Beach,” the woman told the dispatcher. “He needs help. He’s being chased by a group of 30 people … they’re mad and screaming.”
The cop was trying to arrest a man with long hair when the mob formed and began yelling and video recording the deputy, said the woman, who was calling from a Burger Fi.
The deputy had been on foot patrol when he was called to the restaurant, 2009 NE 2nd St., at about 8 p.m. to remove an unruly customer, said Keyla Concepcion, a spokeswoman for the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
The customer was combative and fought with the deputy. He was pepper sprayed before running away from the scene, Concepcion said.
Detectives were familiar with the person involved in the scuffle and issued a warrant for Bernardo Oliveira Cardosa Vieira’s arrest on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, Concepcion said.
As of Wednesday, authorities were still searching for Vieira, 17.
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