Leroy Sampson Jr, repeat offender on probation, arrested after 2-hour confrontation with deputies

Leroy Sampson Jr.’s first arrest as an adult in Flagler County was in March 2011, when he was charged with assault and battery. He was 21 years old.

He has faced dozens of charges since and nearly as many arrests and numerous convictions, including two stints in state prison totaling five years for drug trafficking and a charge of fleeing from the police.

More recently, Sampson, now 33, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine. and before that he pleaded guilty to assault and resisting an officer, to which he pleaded six months in prison and two years probation. He had already violated his probation once. On Wednesday, he violated it again, prompting the reopening of those two recent cases and making him likely to serve his probation in jail, in addition to any rulings, if any, that may arise from yesterday’s incident.

He was on the run from police again on Wednesday afternoon when he allegedly broke into the apartment of someone he knows in downtown Palm Coast and barricaded himself there for more than two hours while Flagler County sheriff’s deputies were trying to mollify him, as he had multiple warrants for his arrest from even more prior incidents.

He did not initially surrender. Instead, after obtaining consent from LG, the tenant of the third-floor mid-level apartment, and with a key she had provided, the deputies attempted to enter but were initially foiled. by the sofa Sampson had placed behind the door.

“An attempted forcible entry was attempted at the residence with the door broken off the bottom hinge,” Sampson’s arrest report said. Sampson then “began yelling at law enforcement that he would come out peacefully and surrender.” He couldn’t open the front door, so the door was broken from the top hinge. Sampson relented at 6:30 p.m. and was arrested on outstanding warrants, plus two new charges: burglary, second-degree felony, and resisting arrest.

Traffic on Central Avenue in downtown was unimpeded during the incident, although several units from the Sheriff’s Office were lined up along the avenue.

Detectives had gone to the apartment complex to arrest him earlier with five arrest warrants in hand (four from Flagler, one from Volusia). They saw him there just before he rushed to the third floor, entering an apartment whose door had been left open. LG told law enforcement that she left the door unlocked because she was taking things in her car.

Sampson’s warrant from Volusia is on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery, burglary with battery and breach of a restraining order following a domestic assault incident. In Flagler, he was wanted on a warrant stemming from an incident in May in the W section of the Palm Coast when he was allegedly enraged at a woman who brought up an alleged prior sexual assault on her by him. He punched her “at least five times in the face and head with an open hand and poured Red Bull energy drink over her head”, according to his arrest report. He was last convicted of assault and battery in Volusia in 2017. The recurrence prompted a felony battery charge.

A sheriff’s release states that Sampson “resides in an apartment at Central Landings at Town Center Apartments”, but not in the apartment he barricaded himself in. If it was – the sheriff’s office had not verified the allegation when this article was originally published, saying the allegation was based on the assertion of a witness at the scene – it would have been for a very short time.

His jail booking lists his address as 8 Rosepetal Lane in the R section of Palm Coast, as does an arrest report as recent as May 27. His warrant information, according to one of his indictment affidavits on Wednesday, lists his last residential address at 175 Interchange Boulevard in Ormond Beach (a Baymont Inn motel), as does his February probation violation report, although that one of his violations was for leaving that motel without permission. The violation report also notes that Sampson “has had difficulty obtaining stable residency since his release from [jail] in November 2021.”

Downtown apartments are sometimes blamed for crime. The claim, presented at zoning or land use hearings in Palm Coast and, more recently, by a member of Palm Coast City Council, is based on prejudice or stereotypes and is false: an analysis prison bookings from the past 12 months, for example, reveals that precisely one person who lives in the apartments on Sunset Boulevard was arrested for a driving offense. During this period, the sheriff’s office twice called the Sunset Boulevard area a suspected crime scene, but not by people who lived there.

Sampson’s current probation is not scheduled to expire until November 2, 2023. He is currently being held in the Flagler County Jail without bail for probation violations and on $28,500 bond for burglary, resisting and assault and battery with previous convictions. Due to his prior record, if Sampson is found guilty of either felony charge and probation violations, it is far more likely than not that he will face jail time rather than just a prison sentence.

“His actions sparked widespread reaction and concern in the community, but it didn’t work out very well for him,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in a statement. “Now is the time for the courts to hold him accountable and send him to jail for a long time.”

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