A TV news crew from Local 10 News in Fort Lauderdale, Florida filmed Louis Paolino destroying their lights and cables with a large knife on Tuesday night (video below).
Reporter Ross Palombo and cameraman Shane Walker were setting up their equipment on the sidewalk outside the house where Paolino lives. The sidewalk is public property and the crew was lawfully doing their job.
Apparently, Local 10 News was going to do a story on Paolino allegedly owing $100,000 in back taxes, while living in a $5 million estate.
After destroying some of the crew's equipment, Paolino allegedly walked towards Walker with a knife.
According to a police report, Paolino ordered Walker to “stop filming me or I’ll slit your throat.”
Palombo called 911 and police arrived, which resulted in a standoff for over two hours, with Paolino refusing to come out of the house.
Amazingly, the armed Paolino was allowed to negotiate a time with police to voluntarily turn himself in, which he did on Thursday, two days after the incident.
In contrast, an African-American man charged with disorderly conduct in 2012 was not allowed to negotiate a time to turn himself in on lesser charges, but was arrested on the spot, reported Local 10 News.
In March, a man thought to have a knife was shot and killed by Fort Lauderdale police officers, even though he was actually unarmed, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
After turning himself in, Paolino was charged with aggravated assault, criminal mischief and grand theft.
According to the Broward-Palm Beach New Times, the Paolino's home belongs to Paolino’s father, Louis Paolino, Jr., who was previously CEO of Mace Security.