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Darrell Luis Benbow of Fort Lauderdale, Florida Arrested for Battery on a Firefighter

Darrell Luis Benbow of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was arrested Thursday after he allegedly smacked a firefighter-paramedic in the face, news sources report. Benbow, 37, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of a violation of probation and battery on a firefighter. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail bond. The press did not specify a defense attorney for Benbow.

Based on reports, Benbow lives with his girlfriend in the 1400 block of Northwest 21st Street in Fort Lauderdale. The woman reportedly had a medical emergency on Thursday morning that led to a 911 call. Reports say Benbow and a firefighter-paramedic got into a heated argument while the woman was treated. It is not currently known what led to the argument.

According to reports, at around 6:30 a.m., Benbow slapped the firefighter-paramedic in the face. Following the alleged altercation, Benbow reportedly retreated into the home and refused to come out. Police arrived and set up a barrier while they negotiated with Benbow. He finally came out of the home at around 7:40 a.m., sources say.

Reports did not say whether the girlfriend was taken to the hospital following the incident; an update on her condition was not available at press time. As for the firefighter paramedic, sources say he was not injured.

Battery on law enforcement comes in all kinds of forms. Ashley Taylor Wright of Pensacola was arrested Monday after she allegedly threw a three-month-old infant at a police officer she was attempting to elude, sources say. Wright, 23, was booked into police custody on charges of resisting an officer without violence, child abuse without great bodily harm, and petty theft. A judge ordered that she be held in lieu $7,000 bail. It is unclear whether she has hired legal representation.

According to reports, the incident occurred Monday evening at the Santa Rosa Mall in Mary Esther. Wright was at the mall with a three-month old baby and her husband, sources say. Initial reports do not specify whether the infant is Wright’s, although it does appear she was watching the child during the altercation. Wright reportedly entered the Dillard’s store at the mall with the baby in a stroller. She picked out a Hurley shirt two pairs of Miss Me Jeans, then headed for the changing rooms, reports say.

Wright emerged from the changing rooms with the three articles of clothing inside the stroller and left the store without paying, reports say. The two pairs of jeans and the shirt were worth around $261, reports indicate. Wright met her husband at their car in the mall’s parking lot, reports say, but a deputy followed her there.

Wright allegedly yelled for her husband to leave quickly. The deputy attempted to remove Wright from the car, but Wright allegedly placed the baby between her and the deputy, saying, “You will have to shoot through the baby to get me.” Wright allegedly proceeded to start running, throwing the baby at the deputy in the process. As she ran, she tripped, fell, and cut open her head. She was later taken to the hospital for treatment, and then subsequently booked into jail. The baby was not injured.

Sources: 7.18.13 Benbow Battery.pdf, 7.18.13 Wright Child Abuse.pdf.

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