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Man With Machete Arrested At Convention Protest

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File photo of the security precautions implemented for this week's Republican National Convention. (credit: Getty Images)

File photo of the security precautions implemented for this week’s Republican National Convention. (credit: Getty Images)

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — At least one arrest has been made during protests near the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Authorities say that on Sunday at about 2:15 p.m., officers spotted a man they said had a machete strapped to his leg. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says deputies ordered 31-year-old Jason Wilson to stop but he kept walking.

When deputies caught up to him, police say he said told them he did not have to stop and that he was allowed to carry whatever he wanted. Weapons are prohibited in areas police have designated as “event zones.”

Police say Wilson of Tallahassee resisted arrest but was subdued and taken to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. He faces charges of carrying a prohibited item in the event zone and resisting arrest.

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