Florida man arrested after allegedly hitting deputy in face with a Bible: report

The suspect allegedly shouted 'I condemn you,' authorities said

A Florida man was arrested last Tuesday after he allegedly threw a Bible at a sheriff's deputy, according to reports.

Authorities were called to a residence in Summerfield, which is northwest of Orlando, on Sept. 22, after a neighbor reported a break-in at his home.

Deputies said when they arrived, they found Robert Otis Hoskins, 39, dressed in his underwear, shouting something to the effect, "I condemn you." They said he threw a Bible that hit a deputy in the face.

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Robert Hoskins was arrested last week after striking a Marion County Sheriff's deputy with a Bible, reports said.

Robert Hoskins was arrested last week after striking a Marion County Sheriff's deputy with a Bible, reports said. (Marion County Sheriff's Office)

Hoskins was tased and taken into custody following a brief struggle, Orlando's WKMG-TV reported. The arrest report said the suspect defecated on himself at the scene. A deputy wrote in the report that the suspect was asked why he broke into the home, and he replied, "Because God told me to."

Authorities said there was damage to a door at the neighbor's residence, and a window had been broken. The alleged victim's wife said $50 worth of clothing was stolen.

She also told deputies that the suspect had a "drug problem," the arrest report said.

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Hoskins was transported to Marion County Jail following the incident, authorities said.

He faces charges of burglary to an unoccupied dwelling, petit theft, criminal mischief - property damage, battery on an officer, and resisting an officer without violence, according to the station.