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Man charged with threatening Austin police officer has 82 previous arrests

Police say 33-year-old Jerome Brasfield, who has previously been arrested 82 times, threatened an APD officer after he was found urinating in an Applebee's parking lot. (Photo: Williamson County Sheriff's Office)

A man that has been arrested 82 previous times is facing a new charge for allegedly threatening an Austin police officer, according to court documents.

According to police, 33-year-old Jerome Brasfield was urinating in the parking lot of the Applebee's restaurant in the 11000 block of Lakeline Mall Blvd. on Tuesday.

When officers arrived, they say Brasfield smelled strongly of alcohol and was unable to stand without assistance or answer basic questions.

Police offered Brasfield the chance to call a family member to pick him up, but he was unable to place the phone call.

According to the affidavit, Brasfield made several "unintelligible sounds" when asked what he was doing with the phone and then stated "my tongue in stupid." Brasfield was arrested for public intoxication.

While en route to the Williamson County Jail, police say Brasfield made numerous statements about how he wanted to kill the officer, saying "you're dead! Dead! Dead!" and "I'm going to chew you to the bone!"

At that point, the officer advised Brasfield he was being charged with retaliation due to the threats, to which Brasfield responded "f--- you! You're a liar!"

Based on Brasfield's 82 previous arrests, many of those being for public intoxication, the officer believed him to be unpredictable and capable of following through on his threats.

Brasfield is charged with retaliation, a 3rd-degree felony and public intoxication, a class C misdemeanor.


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