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Knife-Carrying Men Confront Florida Capitol Police

Historic Capitol
Tom Flanigan

Florida State Capitol Police had a confrontation Monday with two young men who appeared to be armed with a knife. No arrest was made after the two approached officers Monday around 12:30 p.m.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman GretlPlesigner says Capitol Police have dealt with at least one of them before because he’s "a frequent visitor" who likes to ask officers questions.

Just before the confrontation, the unidentified men were seen strolling down Adams Street toward the Capitol wearing Army-style fatigues and boots. One of them had what appeared to be a foot-long knife in a sheath attached to his waistband.

He laughed as he used his cell phone to videotape officers as several of them surrounded the men. Soon afterward, the two walked away from the Capitol. 

Plesinger says she doesn't know what questions the men were asking the officers but said, "They don't seem to like the answers they've gotten."