A man was arrested after he punched a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy in the face and ran out of his shoes as deputies chased him through a store, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Around 9:19 p.m. Saturday, a Manatee County Sheriff’s deputy pulled his patrol vehicle behind a restaurant in the 2400 block of Cortez Road to work on reports when he noticed a suspicious vehicle. A silver four-door sedan was sitting in the corner of the parking lot and a man dressed in all black was leaning into the trunk, according to the probable cause affidavit.

A woman was talking to the man but walked away as the deputy approached. The man, later identified as Melkeva Ferguson, moved toward the open driver’s door of the car. In the affidavit, the deputy reported a “very strong odor of marijuana” coming from inside the

As the deputy spoke with Ferguson and asked for his identification, the 21-year-old Ferguson was “acting extremely nervous” and moving his hands around his pockets and waistband. When Ferguson pulled his wallet and Bahamian I.D. from his pocket, a baggie with marijuana inside fell to the ground, the deputy noticed.

 

 

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