Standoff Suspect Joseph Brooks of Palm Bay Charged With Sexual Battery, Aggravated Battery
By Alan Zlotorzynski, Assistant Editor // May 28, 2017
SUSPECT surrendered naked after swat takedown
SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Events as they unfolded in real time were described on Space Coast Daily TV during a standoff with several Brevard County police agencies.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The suspect responsible for the seven-hour standoff on Friday with several Brevard County police agencies was denied bail after being charged with sexual battery and aggravated battery.
Joseph Brooks, 34, of Palm Bay, kept SWAT personnel from the Melbourne Police Department, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and the West Melbourne Armored Vehicle tactical response team at bay and refused to communicate.
The incident began shortly after 1 p.m. with a 911 call placed to police after a woman Brooks was visiting in the 2600 block of Sadler Lane in Melbourne ran to a neighbor’s home screaming that Brooks had beaten her, had a gun and was going to kill her, according to both the neighbor and the police.
The woman was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
When police arrived, Brooks barricaded himself into a front bedroom and refused to talk to police.
Traffic was originally shut down on Eau Gallie Boulevard heading west starting at Croton Road, and then in both directions at about 6:45 p.m. Friday.
At about 7 p.m., the Brevard County Sheriff’s Department sent their tactical robot into the home where it was able to determine Brooks’ exact location.
According to reports, as they were occurring in real time, Brooks used furniture to barricade himself into a front bedroom. Once SWAT teams were comfortable with his location, they began to fire tear gas into the home.
All of the action, as it took place, was described live on Space Coast Daily TV. After the tear gas was shot into the house, Brooks exited the structure within minutes.
Brooks exited the house naked and followed police commands to put up his hands, turn around and walk backwards. The suspect could be heard yelling, “What did I do?” as he was taken into custody.
Traffic in both directions of Eau Gallie Boulevard was immediately reopened after Brooks was taken into custody.
According to the Brevard County Clerk of Courts, Brooks will be arraigned July 6 at the Moore Justice Center in Viera.
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