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Thonotosassa man jailed on charges of arson, battery on sheriff's deputies

THONOTOSASSA — After apparently starting a brush fire, a 49-year-old man punched two Hillsborough sheriff's deputies early Monday and was found concealing a large knife, authorities said.

Terry Donovan Banks of 9815 Fowler Ave. is being held in jail without bail.

Sheriff's deputies responded to Banks' Thonotosassa home about 1 a.m. Monday, according to an arrest report, to investigate a report of arson and domestic violence. When they got there, Banks tried to block their path, the report said.

He then punched one deputy in the chest and another in the face before ripping the second deputy's radio from his shirt, the report said.

When deputies subdued Banks and searched him, they found a large knife in his back pocket.

Banks faces charges of second-degree arson, resisting arrest with violence, two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, depriving an officer of means of communication and carrying a concealed weapon.

This is Banks' 11th arrest in Hillsborough, with former charges including aggravated battery, robbery, obstructing an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and false imprisonment, according to jail records.

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Thonotosassa man jailed on charges of arson, battery on sheriff's deputies 10/12/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 12, 2009 11:25pm]
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