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Deputies arrest machete-carrying protester in Tampa event zone

TAMPA — Hillsborough deputies arrested a protester who they say was carrying a machete Sunday afternoon in the Republican National Convention event zone.

Jason T. Wilson, 31, of Tallahassee, was walking in the 700 block of East Washington Street at about 2:15 p.m. when deputies noticed a machete strapped to his leg, said Larry McKinnon, spokesman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

When deputies approached Wilson and ordered him to stop, he continued walking. Wilson told deputies he did not have to stop and that he was allowed to carry whatever he wanted, McKinnon said.

Wilson began resisting arrest and had to be physically restrained, McKinnon said.

He is charged with having a prohibited items in the event zone and resisting arrest without violence.

Deputies arrest machete-carrying protester in Tampa event zone 08/26/12 [Last modified: Sunday, August 26, 2012 4:47pm]
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