By Ryan Yousefi
A man was charged with assaulting a police officer, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and trespassing after violently refusing to leave a Coral Springs Tijuana Taxi.
On October 8, the Coral Springs Police Department received a call from Tijuana Taxi, located at 901 North University Drive, about a man who refused to leave the restaurant and was verbally abusive towards staff.
When officers arrived, they encountered Brandon Hayes, 23, of Boynton Beach standing in the parking lot, cursing at officers while filming with his cellphone. Hayes was irate and continually refused to leave when asked to do so, claiming he had not done anything wrong and had no intention of leaving.
Tijuana Taxi staff informed officers that Hayes had not only caused a scene by yelling at patrons and staff but he, at one point, attempted to enter the kitchen, terrifying staff.
The manager told police restaurant staff did not feel safe with Hayes around and asked for him to be removed.
As officers prepared paperwork that legally barred Hayes from returning to Tijuana Taxi, a patron told them he was one of the customers verbally abused by Hayes and wished to add his experience to the record. This additional information provided by the patron added a disorderly conduct charge and disturbing the peace charge to the mounting legal problems Hayes was facing for his erratic behavior.
After Hayes refused to sign the paperwork officers had prepared that legally banned him from the Tijuana Taxi premises, officers informed him that he would be arrested for trespassing if he did not leave on his own.
Hayes still refused to leave, and after numerous requests, officers attempted to place him under arrest for trespassing. However, during a scuffle in while Hayes violently resisted arrest, he spat at and kicked officers. The report said when officers attempted to put him inside a police cruiser, he tensed up and grabbed the car’s doors while pulling away from officers.
Once finally secured in the backseat, Hayes kicked the officers’ seats and once again spit at them.
An officer also stated for the record that Hayes used racial slurs towards him while on the way to the police station, and at one point called him a “slave.”
After processing, Hayes was later transported to the Broward County Jail.
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- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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