Broward County

January 22, 2013

Dania Beach man dies after acting ‘bizarrely’

Shortly after stabbing a window with a knife and subsequently being arrested at a Pompano Beach gas station early Monday, a 41-year-old man was pronounced dead at Broward Health North.

Shortly after stabbing a window with a knife and subsequently being arrested at a Pompano Beach gas station early Monday, a 41-year-old man was pronounced dead at Broward Health North.

Officers responded to a 911 call around 3:30 a.m. that a man was acting “bizarrely” at the BP Gas Station on East Sample Road. The man, the caller said, was stabbing the front window, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

They arrived and saw Kenneth Lent, of Dania Beach, walking to, then entering his truck. The deputies ordered him to get out, but before he did, they say he smoked “something out of a glass pipe” and appeared to put something in his mouth, then drink from a Gatorade bottle.

When Lent got out of the truck and lay on the ground, deputies handcuffed him. Lent had trouble walking to the patrol car, so the deputies put him back on the ground, called Pompano Beach Fire Rescue and began to give him CPR. Lent was transported to Broward Health North, where he was pronounced dead. The Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine cause of death, according to the news release.

Detectives found “several knives and a small amount of cocaine,” according to the news release.

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