Florida cop breaks knee in tussle with 300-pound lingerie thief

Florida cop breaks knee in tussle with 300-pound lingerie thief
Undocumented customer. (Orange County sheriff mugshot via Sentinel)

[Ed. – Ouch.]

A Winter Garden police officer is recovering after breaking his knee cap during a struggle with a man accused of stealing more than $750 worth of merchandise from a Victoria’s Secret store, officials say.

In a broken radio call just after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, backup officers heard Officer Jose Rivera say he needed help at the lingerie store on Daniels Road in Winter Garden.

Rivera was fighting with a man, who was trying to stop him from using his police radio, an arrest report states. He asked for backup to “step it up.”

The other officers arrived to find Rivera on the ground trying to pin down the 300-pound, 5-foot-6-inch man, later identified as Algernon Jemau Baker, 23, of Orlando, according to the report.

It took three officers to finally subdue him, police said.

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