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An attempted suicide-by-cop goes awry; Uber driver nabbed for inappropriate behavior

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On Sept. 24 at about 8:30 in the morning, a man named Jack Anthony Leblanc knocked on the door of the Lake Nona Police Substation on Narcoosee Road. When an officer answered the door, Leblanc allegedly yanked it open and forced his way inside, wielding a knife. According to a police report, he attempted to stab an officer in the neck, but was stopped by another officer who used a Taser on him and subdued him. Later, when questioned about his motives, police say Leblanc told them that he went to the substation with a knife because he was depressed and was hoping the officers would kill him.

Last week, police arrested an Uber driver for wildly inappropriate (and illegal) behavior while driving for the ride-sharing service. Ramy Botros picked up a female passenger on Sept. 19. After she got into the car, she says he told her that he found her attractive, and at some point during the ride, he allegedly stopped the car and put his hand down her shirt. After he dropped her off at her destination, she called police. According to the police report, Botros described how the woman was dressed to officers, then told them that in his country (which is Egypt), a woman who dressed like her would be “asking for that.” Even despite the fact that during the ride, she allegedly told him, point-blank: “Do not touch my boobs or I will hit you in your face.” Not sure how much clearer she could have been that she was not, in fact, asking for anything but the ride she paid for. Botros was arrested and charged with battery.

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