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BB&T building locked down after threat

A New Port Richey man is later arrested. Deputies say he threatened co-workers.

By DEMORRIS A. LEE
Published September 5, 2007


A New Port Richey man was arrested Tuesday after Pinellas sheriff's deputies were called to an office building to look for a man who reportedly made threats to kill two business associates.

The threats took place at the BB&T Bank building at 28050 U.S. 19 N in the Countryside area of Clearwater.

Deputies responded to the building shortly before noon and asked workers to stay in their offices while they spent an hour searching the building.

"We wanted to proceed with caution and didn't want to receive a call about a threat and it appear that we did nothing about it," Pinellas County sheriff's Sgt. Jim Bordner said.

Officials said Jody Yousif, 45, of 4844 Tigertail Court called authorities and threatened to kill two co-workers over a financial matter. Yousif also threatened to attack any law enforcement officers who approached him, forcing them to kill him, Bordner said.

Yousif and the other two men worked at one of the businesses in the bank building, which houses legal, financial and other professional offices, officials said.

As a precaution, the office building was closed to the public, and employees were asked through the security staff to sequester themselves in their offices until deputies could determine whether Yousif was inside. He wasn't, and the building was reopened about 1:15 p.m.

About 3:30 p.m. Yousif's car was spotted at the KFC restaurant at 41226 U.S. 19 N in Tarpon Springs. Deputies found him inside. Yousif refused to cooperate with commands and had to be stunned before he could be taken into custody, Bordner said.

After a search, deputies found two large kitchen knives hidden in Yousif's waistband. He was arrested and taken to be booked into the Pinellas County Jail on two counts of carrying a concealed weapon. Sheriff's officials said a psychiatric evaluation would be conducted.