VIDEO: Hooter’s manager helps two Florida deputies during violent arrest

BRANDON, FL (WFLA) — A manager at a Hooter’s Restaurant in Brandon is being credited with helping two Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies take a man into custody after a violent confrontation.

Ashton Toney (Source: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies were called to the Hooter’s on Adamo Drive last week for an unruly customer. Witnesses say 23-year-old Ashton Toney got angry and threatened to kill an employee after he was told he wouldn’t be served alcohol and needed to leave.

When the deputies arrived and met Toney, they say he slapped the hand of one deputy. The two then tried arresting Toney, but they say he became very combative and violently resisted them.

James Nolte, who is a manager at Hooter’s, was standing nearby when the confrontation began and immediately started helping the two deputies as the situation escalated.

With Nolte’s help, the deputies were able to take Toney into custody without anyone being injured.

Toney is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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