Hernando County Sheriff Office – Traffic Stop Investigation Leads to Standoff, Arrest

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Traffic Stop Investigation Leads to Standoff, Arrest

Date: July 7, 2020

On the night of 07-03-2020, a Hernando County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the driver of a black BMW, who was driving the vehicle with an inoperable head light.

When the unidentified male driver saw the deputy, the suspect fled from the area of Forest Oaks Boulevard and Commercial Way. Having viewed the vehicle’s tag number, the deputy did not pursue.

A check of the tag showed the vehicle was registered to a person who lived at 11141 Sedgefield Avenue.

On 07-04-2020, the deputy responded to the residence to conduct a follow-up investigation. While the deputy was able to locate the vehicle, he was unable to get anyone to answer the door.

The deputy returned to the residence on 07-06-2020 and was able to observe a male individual through a window who matched the description of the driver who fled from him on 07-03-2020. The man proceeded to run to the back of the house as the deputy knocked on the door.

The deputy was able to make contact with the female who owned the BMW.

The woman advised Anthony Ray Parker DOB/06-30-1966 was driving her vehicle the night in question. She further advised that Parker had called her shortly after the incident occurred.

She told deputies Parker had been acting irrational since the incident and made several statements about not wanting to go back to jail.

The woman also warned deputies that Parker was likely armed with a handgun.

The woman was evacuated from the house, and a perimeter was established. The deputy was able to supply Parker with a cell phone for communication purposes prior to exiting the residence. The SWAT Team and Crisis Response Team were put on standby.

Following a lengthy negotiation, deputies were able to convince Parker to exit the residence without incident.

Parker was charged with one count of Fleeing/Attempting to Elude a Police Officer. He was transported to the Hernando County Detention Center where his bond was set at $2,000.