Deputies, Officers Subdue Combative Defendant at County Courthouse

Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies and Tampa Police officers worked together to subdue Adam Manuel Lee Raicies after he raced from a probation sentencing in Circuit Court Judge Dick Greco Jr.'s courtroom to the Edgecomb Courthouse in Tamp


Adam Manuel Lee Raicies apparently did not like what he was hearing when Circuit Court Judge Dick Greco Jr. sentenced him Oct. 16 to probation for giving false information to a law enforcement officer.

Raicies, 25, "became loud and belligerent, refusing to complete his paperwork," according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office report. Judge Greco's response? Sign the paperwork or face a contempt-of-court order.

"At that point, Raicies immediately took off running through the hallways of the Courthouse Annex, chased by bailiffs and two Tampa Police officers," the report notes. "Raicies entered the Edgecomb Courthouse through the second-floor pedestrian bridge, where he was ultimately stopped near the elevators by Hillsborough County deputy Joey Amezquita and Tampa Police officers Josh Baar and John Kasprowicz."

A struggle reportedly ensued, "and in the scuffle [Raicies] intentionally hit officer Baar in the face with his elbow." Other deputies reportedly helped to subdue Raicies, who was returned to Judge Greco's courtroom, where things got decidedly more complicated for the 25-year-old defendant.

Judge Greco scheduled a contempt-of-court hearing for Raicies for today, Oct. 17, against whom additional charges were filed, including battery on a law enforcement officer and resisiting arrest without violence.

Officer Baar reportedly suffered a minor injury to his lower lip but did not seek medical treatment. No other deputies or officers were injured. Raicies was uninjured and booked into the Orient Road Jail in Greater Brandon, where he was being held without bail.


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