Florida man punches Clearwater officer in face, damages interview room, police say

Posted at 9:23 AM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 09:23:26-04

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Police say a man found "tampering" with private property during a suspicious person call wrestled an officer to the ground and punched him multiple times in the face.

He escaped that officer on Saturday, but responding officers were able to arrest 25-year-old Robert Phillips and take him to the Clearwater Police Station. A news release says once there, Phillips caused "hundreds of dollars of damage to an interview room."

The news release says the officer was sent to the hospital for treatment.

Phillips is charged with resisting arrest with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and possession of paraphernalia and possession of cocaine.

He's being held in the Pinellas County Jail with a $37,000 bond. Jail records don't list a lawyer for him.