110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Jun 17, 2013 - 10:41:31am
There's no specific statute that makes stabbing furniture a crime, but spitting on a law-enforcement officer can be considered battery, especially when combined with kicking, cursing and damaging a Sheriff's Office vehicle.
Battery on a law-enforcement officer is just one of the charges 21-year-old Casey Furia of Deltona faces after an encounter with deputies June 12.
Deputies from the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a disturbance involving Furia and a knife at his home on Wellington Drive.
When deputies arrived, according to the report, Furia would not come out of the bedroom where he had shut himself in.
The Sheriff's Office said Furia was cursing and "began to push and buck" against deputies who tried to escort him out of the house, after they forced entry to get to him.
According to the report, deputies restrained Furia against one of the law-enforcement vehicles, causing damage to its back panel. A deputy received a minor laceration and bruise in the tussle, the report states.
When the deputies got him into the back of the deputy's vehicle, Furia continued to yell obscenities, and spat at a deputy "multiple times," according to the Sheriff's Office. He also tried to make himself vomit, the report states.
Deputies put a mask on Furia to stop the spitting, the report continues; however, Furia was able to get out of it several times and continued spitting. After the mask was finally secured, Furia told a deputy he would urinate in the vehicle if she did not release him, the report states. The deputy declined the request.
Furia managed to loosen a seat-belt restraint, so deputies placed a hobble around his arms. Furia also made threats against the deputies, yelling that they would die, according to the report.
The incident began around 11:09 p.m. They heard the man they identified as Furia yelling what sounded like song lyrics, and then heard some kind of metallic banging noise.
Furia's roommate had called 911, and told dispatchers she was in fear of Furia. She locked herself in a bedroom until deputies arrived, the report stated.
Deputies reported that she told them she and Furia had been drinking a good part of the day, and then began arguing.
Deputies had gone to the house earlier, around 7 p.m. At that time, there were no physical contacts or threats, and both parties "agreed to let it go," according to the Sheriff's Office. Deputies were called back about 20 minutes later, with the same results.
Then, during the third call, the girlfriend told the Sheriff's Office dispatcher there had been another argument, and Furia had thrown beer bottles against the garage wall. She told deputies she had retreated into the residence.
Furia had grabbed a knife, the woman reported, and began ripping up furniture throughout the house, injuring his hand at some point, leaving droplets of blood around the house. She locked herself in her bedroom and called 911 again.
Deputies arrived and took charge of the situation.
Fire Rescue treated both the injured deputy and Furia at the scene for minor injuries.
"Although [the girlfriend] initially advised she was in fear of the male, she later recanted, saying he never threatened her and she was not afraid of him," the Sheriff's Office report states.
Furia told deputies he had been asleep the whole time of the alleged disturbance.
Deputies had their own charges to press, however.
Furia, whose name means "fury" in Spanish, remained in custody at the Volusia County Branch Jail June 14, charged with aggravated battery on a law-enforcement officer and resisting a law-enforcement officer with violence, as well as with making threats against deputies.
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