NEW PORT RICHEY — Fred Freeman was on his way home after getting gas at a Shell station when, just a few feet from his driveway, he saw a man standing in the middle of the road.
The man's skin was covered in tattoos. An "11" marked his right cheek; a "23" marked the left. Neighbors said it was a reminder of a jail sentence. He wore no shirt. Just a pair of shorts.
The man was flipping off other neighbors on Teak Street on Tuesday afternoon and cursing at them, said Freeman, 47.
Freeman said he knows Timothy "Boney" Burleigh. It wasn't the first time he had seen him like this.
Freeman beeped his horn.
"Could you get out of my way?" he asked. "I'm trying to get in there."
Burleigh pounded on his hood. Freeman parked his car. He said that's when Burleigh rushed his driver's side door. When Freeman opened the door, he said, Burleigh's face was inches from his.
Pasco sheriff's deputies say Burleigh, 32, shoved Freeman and then punched another man, Rodney Whittle, 55, in the nose.
Freeman said he shoved Burleigh away. Deputies arrived to find Burleigh still standing in the road, a report says, screaming that he would fight all of his neighbors.
He told deputies he wanted to fight "because they are skinheads and he was a Crip gang member," a sheriff's report says. He told neighbors he would "bring his gang members back and get them."
When deputies tried to put him into a patrol car, the report says, Burleigh braced himself against the frame. It took a deputy's slugging him in the stomach, the report says, for Burleigh to buckle and be pushed into the car.
Inside, deputies said, he wouldn't stop kicking the windows, even after he was pepper-sprayed. They put him into a hobble restraint, which works like a hog tie.
Burleigh of 11524 Little Road was arrested on two charges of simple battery and one charge of resisting arrest without violence. He remained Wednesday in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $450 bail.
Burleigh, who has served prison time for burglary and other charges, is classified by the Florida Department of Corrections as a Folk Nation Imperial Gangster Disciple, a member of a Chicago-based street gang alliance.
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