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A man accused of illegally cashing his co-worker’s checks is facing even more serious charges of aggravated battery on an officer and fleeing the scene, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.
Jason Michael Osborn, 33, Dunnellon, is also facing charges of fraud and resisting an officer with violence. His bond is $46,000.
A K-9 deputy was executing a probable-cause stop on Osborn late Tuesday afternoon when he was struck, according to Sgt. Ryan Glaze.
“He basically used his elbow to hit the deputy into the road and oncoming traffic,” Glaze said.
He said Osborn then began running back to his vehicle when the deputy released his dog.
And, despite the dog grabbing him by the shoulder area, Glaze said Osborn fled the scene.
“That’s when we went to our action plan,” Glaze said.
“Praise God we were able to get a bad guy off the streets before he did something else and no one was hurt,” Glaze said.
He said deputies utilized the agency’s intelligence-led policing technique and other investigation tools and caught up with Osborn less than 24 hours after he fled the scene.
“I think it also sends a message that if you violate the law and flee, we will find you. You can’t hide,” Glaze said.
According to the report, on Jan. 25 Osborn took possession of a co-worker’s paycheck of $550 and, without the co-worker’s consent, cashed the check at a Citgo station at County Road 491 and U.S. 41.
Osborn reportedly told investigators he cashed the check, but said he had permission from the co-worker.
He said the co-worker owed him money and that after cashing the check, he gave the co-worker $200 the next day.
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