COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Collier County deputies say a man who yelled racial slurs at a woman near the Collier County Courthouse and defaced two political campaign signs of two black candidates is in custody.
Deputies say Jeffery Adam Rouse, 40, is charged with fleeing and eluding, assault, and two counts of criminal mischief.
Authorities say Rouse also defaced two political signs of black candidates outside of Seed to Table on August 8th in Naples.
Deputies say someone photographed him, and when he realized he was on camera, he hurled racial insults at the person and threatened him with physical harm.
The woman who filmed Rouse yelling racial insults at her, near the courthouse, says she was approached by him and decided to pull out her phone after he began screaming at her.
The woman who asked to be identified as Mishou released this statement to Fox 4, “I just want to bring awareness to the world that even when you’re minding your own business as a black individual, we still get looked at and talked down upon! Even in Naples, Florida, this happens! I’m thankful to be alive."
Mishou then decided to post the video to Twitter, leading it to go viral. Yaritza Gary of Naples says she recognized the man in the video from a Facebook post she made August 6th.
She claims the same individual verbally attacked her brother after he tried to step in to calm this screaming individual down.
Deputies say Rouse led them on a pursuit Friday night at Immokalee Road and U.S. 41 when he ran through the intersection at more than 100 mph.
According to the Collier County Sheriff's Office, the pursuit ended for the safety of other drivers in the area, and Rouse retreated to his house.
Deputies took him into custody Saturday at his residence.