As multimillionaire political power broker Preston Henn remained hospitalized Monday night, officials with the Broward Sheriff's Office were trying to determine whether he would face charges after clashing with deputies three days earlier.
...Henn, 74, owner of the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop and a major Republican insider, was taken to an emergency room Friday after he rushed toward officers and later kicked out the window of a police cruiser.He
was taken to the hospital rather than arrested because "the first consideration was to get him evaluated by doctors due to his
actions," Stopnick said.He
was detained under the state's Baker Act, which allows people who pose a danger to themselves or others to be placed in a psychiatric ward for 72 hours of evaluation.
A police report released Monday said the incident started Friday morning, when Deputy Ignacio Vila was dispatched to the two-story building at the center of the Swap Shop
was having a heated argument with a vendor he
was trying to evict, Joel Leibovitch.Vila, who works off-duty at the Swap Shop
, said Leibovitch, who was on the pavement, complained he
had been pushed down by Henn
was taken to the hospital complaining of neck, back and head injuries.Henn
then went to a luncheon where, guests said, he
had two glasses of wine before returning to the Swap Shop
.Shortly after arriving, Henn
resumed complaining about Leibovitch.
Confronted by deputies, Henn
barricaded himself in his
office, then rushed police and struggled with officers who tried to subdue him with a Taser.He
kicked out the window of a patrol car taking him to Plantation General Hospital
Late Monday, his
attorney, William Scherer, said Henn
would remain in Imperial Point Medical Center
, where he
had been transferred Friday night."Preston
has reality issues.