Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 13-205

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 22, 2013
    • Contact Person:
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    Man Arrested At Middle School

    School Resource Deputy encounters self-proclaimed "sovereign citizen" on school grounds.
    • Thursday
    • May 16, 2013
    • Time: 4:00 PM
    • Turkey Creek Middle School
    • 5005 Turkey Creek Road
    • Plant City, Florida


    Bruce Chalmers Hicks
    DOB: 06/24/1966
    5004 Calhoun Road
    Plant City, Florida


    • Possession of a Firearm on School Property
    • Felon in Possession of a Firearm
    • Open Carrying of Weapon


    On May 16, 2013, at approximately 4 p.m., HCSO School Resource Deputy Patrick Diaz and the school principal of Turkey Creek Middle School, 5005 Turkey Creek Road in Plant City, were outside of the school monitoring students in the parent pick-up line.

    Deputy Diaz then spotted Bruce Hicks walking along Connell Road which next to the school. He was pushing a "dolly" which had an old plastic toy car attached. As Hicks walked past Deputy Diaz, he spotted what appeared to be small firearm holstered on his left hip. As he continued walking, Deputy Diaz called for Hicks who turned around stepping on the grass of the school's property.

    Upon initial contact with Hicks, he stated there was a $250 fine for every fifteen minutes of unlawful detention. He stated that he is a sovereign citizen and is not subject to the laws of the United States or Hillsborough County. Deputy Diaz asked him if he was carrying a firearm and Hicks stated that he was and repeated that he was not subject to laws.

    Deputy Diaz then seized Hicks' Davis Industries two shot thirty-two caliber handgun(over under barrel). There were two live cartridges in the barrels. Hicks was transported to a Hillsborough County jail without incident. Hicks has an extensive criminal history including Lewd Or Lascivious Molestation of Victims Under 18.

    For more information on "Sovereign Citizens" please see attached link; http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/law-enforcement-bulletin/september-2011/sovereign-citizens

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