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Man Tried To Chew Off His Own Fingerprints To Avoid Being Identified, Florida Deputies Say (Video)

| by Jared Keever

A man arrested Thursday in Florida was caught on video (shown below) trying to avoid being identified by chewing off his fingerprints, detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s office said recently. 

Officers stopped Kenzo Roberts Thursday because the 2015 Mercedes he was seen driving had been reported stolen, USA Today reported. 

During the stop, officers say, they found that Roberts was using a fake ID, carrying a concealed firearm, and in possession of three fraudulent credit cards.

When the deputies placed the 20-year-old in the back of a patrol vehicle he was caught by a surveillance camera trying to remove his fingerprints by chewing the tips of his fingers and rubbing them on the cage of the vehicle, KGO News reports. 

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The Lee County Sheriff’s Office posted the patrol vehicle footage to its Facebook page.

In the post accompanying the footage, authorities note that a fingerprint scanner was still able to identify Roberts. 

Once identified, detectives learned Roberts had two felony warrants out for his arrest in Broward County for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Roberts was subsequently charged in Lee County with three counts of possession of a counterfeit credit card, grand theft auto, possession of a concealed firearm, possession of similitude of a driver's license, driving with a suspended license, and false identification given to a law enforcement officer. 

Deputies also contacted U.S. Border Patrol and learned that Roberts was in the United States illegally, according to the Sheriff’s Office Facebook post. 

Sources: YouTube, USA Today, KGO News, Facebook: Lee County Sheriff’s Office

Photo Credit: Screenshot from YouTube