CLEARWATER, Fla. – Detectives have arrested the man who helped the handcuffed Land O’ Lakes man escape after a disturbance on Clearwater Beach.
Adam Asad, 18, of Oldsmar faces charges of aiding prisoner escape and resisting arrest without violence. He is being booked into the Pinellas County Jail.
While patrolling the sand on Wednesday, Clearwater Police identified a large group of young adults and were addressing disorderly conduct issues and other ordinance violations. As additional officers arrived, a fight broke out at 6:53 p.m. and was quickly addressed by the officers.
Police say the non-compliant nature of the large crowd escalated the environment despite the efforts of the officers to de-escalate the situation. While trying to restore order and separate parties involved, one individual was placed in the back of a police vehicle handcuffed.
During the short time, the officer was walking around to the other side of the vehicle to get inside and drive the suspect off the beach, a person in the crowd opened the back door of the vehicle and the handcuffed suspect was able to run away.
Investigators say he was apprehended by officers after a very brief chase. Dominic Glass, 18, Land O’ Lakes, was charged with escape, disorderly conduct, and resisting an officer without violence. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail.
“While many of the young adults in the video think this is funny, it has turned what would have been a very minor violation to one that will have severe consequences,” said Chief Dan Slaughter.
Twenty-six officers responded and made four total arrests from the various incidents, including one suspect who battered a police officer.