[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 04/21/20]
CLERMONT, Florida — A man known as “Barber Shop” accused of shooting a home, pointing a rifle at two people and fleeing from police Sunday, is in the Lake County Jail being held on $60,000 bond.
Clermont Police responded to a report of a possible shooting and verbal disturbance at a home in the 400 block of Desoto Street shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday. When officers arrived two people told them they were in a vehicle traveling eastbound on Desoto Street when Jesus Anthony Rodriguez, 42, also known as “Barber Shop” ran the stop sign at Disston Avenue and as he passed them he pointed a long black rifle at them and continued westbound on Desoto Street, according to an arrest affidavit.
Officers met with the original complainant at the home and she told them Rodriguez got into a verbal altercation with her son. Rodriguez, who appeared to be drunk and possibly high, according to witnesses, was asked to leave the home and he left in a gray Toyota Tacoma. He quickly returned and brandished a large, black rifle. He pointed the rifle at the home and shot, breaking a kitchen window.
While police were on scene investigating, Rodriguez drove down Desoto Street, near the residence and responding officers attempted to catch up with him. Rodriguez was spotted on U.S. Highway 27 and ran a red light at Citrus Tower Boulevard and eventually travelled onto State Road 50. Officers attempted to stop Rodriguez and he accelerated to 84 miles per hour in a 50 miles per zone. Multiple officers from Clermont Police Department and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area and Rodriguez finally stopped in the area of Emil Jahna Road and State Road 50.
Rodriguez was taken into custody and charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, shooting into an occupied dwelling and fleeing a law enforcement officer.
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