When Lieutenant William Weldon, a 15-year veteran of the Bradenton Florida Police Department, responded to a burglary call at a jewelry store, he definitely wasn’t expecting what was waiting for him.
Just before 4 a.m. on Sunday, Weldon was dispatched to Joyeria Latina jewelry store on 9th St W, in Bradenton, FL under the assumption that the owner of the establishment had requested to record the details of a burglary. What he encountered, however, was masked suspect Isaac Hernandez Dubon, who was looking for a fight.
Weldon confronted Hernandez Dubon at gunpoint, and he initially complied with orders, police said. Weldon holstered his gun and tried to take Hernandez Dubon into custody, but Hernandez Dubon began to resist violently, according to police.
As the two struggled for more than a minute and a half, Hernandez Dubon allegedly gouged at Weldon’s eyes, hit the lieutenant on the back of the head and “on various other places,” and tried several times to grab the lieutenant’s gun, according to police and the affidavit.
Security cameras caught the altercation on video:
Hernandez Dubon is being charged with aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, unarmed burglary of an unoccupied structure, theft and resisting arrest with violence.
“Oh, we feel so bad for the cop, and so good at the same time. Just because he was fighting,” said Paola Suarez, whose mother owns the Joyeria Latina.
“You, for putting your life on the line, not only for us, for the community, for everybody,” she said of Weldon.
Hernandez Dubon is being held on a $12,000 bond in the Manatee County Jail.