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Russell Rhodes, Fox 13 Tampa News Anchor, Arrested

Russell Rhodes Mugshot

Russell Rhodes, a news anchor at Fox 13 in Tampa, is free on bail following an arrest over the weekend.

Russell Rhodes Arrest

Russell Rhodes was arrested late Friday night when officers say they saw him driving recklessly in a parking garage, local media reports indicate. According to those reports, Rhodes — who anchored Tampa’s Fox 13 Good Day Tampa Bay program — got out of the vehicle with his belt undone and his pants unbuttoned. Deputies say he seemed to be drunk.

Investigators claim Russell Rhodes disregarded orders and tried to flee on multiple occasions. Officers eventually pushed him to the ground, which resulted in some facial injuries, as seen in the mugshot above. (You can click on the image to enlarge it.)

Russell Rhodes’ official charges are obstructing an officer without violence. He was released Saturday in lieu of $500 bond.

Blood tests are now being reviewed to determine how intoxicated Rhodes may have been.

As for his anchoring role, Fox 13 has posted a story on its site stating that “management is aware of the matter and is reviewing it.” Rhodes is not expected to be on the air today.

Russell Rhodes has been with Fox 13 in Tampa since 1994.

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31 Responses to “Russell Rhodes, Fox 13 Tampa News Anchor, Arrested”

  1. Rhonda Hill

    My name is Rhonda HIll, I live in Bradenton I have been watching Russel Rhodes for years and I think Fox 13 should put Russell back on the air everyone makes mistakes.We don't know if the story is true and even if it is they need to get him so help?They don't need to turn there back on him he is part of there family.We love you Russell good look and may God be with you and your family

  2. busted

    He was having a “NOT SO GOOD DAY TAMPABAY”. what's was up with the undone belt and pants??

  3. Laurie

    I met this guy at my childrens school one year and was NOT impressed. He was rude to my son when he tried to give him some beads and tried to get him to sign a picture of him. He seems fine while on TV but when you see him in person its a whole new person and new world. So I would understand if he got hit in the head a few time.

  4. LightningFan

    Disgusting behavior. I hope the station does the right thing. I encountered him at a school one time and he was a total jerk. I'm thinking he is a jerk all the time and finally getting some comeuppance. I think he is old enough to know that driving drunk is wrong and endangers others lives.

  5. Sharma Oyler

    That is the most outragous thing I've ever seen or heard. There is no reason anyone should look like that while trying to be arrested. This is a piler of our community and should not have been beatin in that manner. Especislly since he was releaseed on a $500.00 bail. This is a typical case of police brutality. Give me a break!

  6. news watcher

    I've been waiting for this moment. My husband and myself watch fox 13 news every morning and we can't stand him!! I am appauled that the police department let him off of a drunk drivng charge. Special treatment?? Belt undone and pants unbuttoned?? We knew he was hiding in the closet!! Please do us a favor……….. get ride of him!!

  7. just me

    Russell helped me out when I lived in San Antonio by doing a story about a car dealership selling me a stolen car. His story was instrumental in helping me get a decent settlement from the car dealership. This happened 21 years ago, by the way.

  8. RICHARD TORO

    I LOVE HIM HE WILL BE MISSED DEARLY EVERYONE MAKES MISTAKES I HAVE AND EVERY HUMAN ON THIS EARTH. I HOPE AND PRAY THAT ALL GOES GOOD. BLESS U MR. RHODES AND MY FAMILY WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU.

  9. busted

    this response is for new watcher. He was hardly in the closet. everyone knew about his lifestyle and he has never tried to hide it. That's not what this is about. Him driving while under the influence and the undone belt and pants is what this is about.

  10. Lonnie, Barb & friends

    WE WANT RUSSELL RHODES BACK ON FOX 13, NOW.
    WE MISS HIM HAVE BEEN WATCH ANOTHER NEWS CHANNEL UNTIL HE'S BACK.
    LONNIE AND FAMILY & FRIENDS

  11. TOM

    RUSSELL, WE ALL HAVE HAD WAY TOO MUCH TO EAT & HAVE HAD TO TET THE BELT LOOSE, WHAT EVER HAPPENED, WHO CARES! IF IT WAS ANYONE ELSE BUT YOU, WE WOULD HAVE NEVER KNOWN ABOUT IT! GOD BLESS AND HURRY BACK.

  12. WHY

    Yeah, but I think it's safe to say that most of us haven't tried to run from the cops.

  13. SHARON

    Weare great fans of the team at FOX 13. IT is dusgusting and unexcusable for authorities to have attacked Russell so visciously!!!!!

    Our thoughts are with you Russell. We hope that you will heal quickly. And see your great smile soon on FOX 13.

    YOU HELP MAKE OUR EVERYDAY….THANK YOU!!!!!

    SHARON AND TONY C.
    SARASOTA, FL.

  14. Lark

    so where does it stand? OK he made a mistake. is he coming back to 13 or is he done. I have enjoyed his wit and knowledge depth of a variety of subjects…………

  15. Lorena

    I like Russell and he and Ann make a great team. Everyone makes mistakes. Bring him back.

  16. Tom

    who ever said they thought he{ “was” in the closet }the other poster told the truth He never really Hid it
    SO as usual the people now are going to rant on that !! He is what he is PERIOD but you now want to kick him when he's down shows your COLOR(yello), Maybe your related to the cop who Kicked him ??
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    BACK To Regular Programming
    I say Bring the guy back he's human and doesn't deserve losing his job over a really bad night ,who are you that your ready throw the rocks I bet your Perfect
    I saw Tampa Bay loose a few good Personality's in the 35 years here (Nancy Alexander) does that ring a Bell
    Q105 lost the Best morning show Crew do to a DUI
    I hope he keeps his Job Back in the Day I'd say some of the good ol' guys who did the morning show may have had a few while on the air LOL
    what does it matter he's good to watch and here from and remember it FOX they made it from being Bold and Standing up for the PEOPLE I hope they Read this
    I wrote them 2 emails and OF course they didn't bother to reply aaggrrhhaa

    Get Over it……… he hurt no one ,but Himself
    Tommy T
    clearwater

  17. Barbara

    I Thought Russell was the best. He was much funnier than Charlie and did a much better job. We
    all make mistakes but when it comes to the Law we have to obide. Just because he was bonded
    out on $500.00 doesn't mean it is over. It will probably cost him thousands once he is fined guilty.
    Been there, done that and well paid. It looks like he is gonna be on probation for a year and have
    to do community service, plus dui schools and madd..He is gonna have a rough road ahead but
    he still did a good job at Fox and should be able to keep his job. Gonna miss him….Good Luck

  18. Annie & John

    Everybody make mistake, We love you Russell, Fox 13 you are our favorite chanel please give him a chance.
    God bless you Russell We live in North Port.

  19. Donna Puleo

    Russell Rhodes is awesome, I enjoy watching & listening to him. no one is perfect, we all make mistakes.He is part of the Fox Family. He is a big enough man to make a personal apology and put this behind him.No one is bullet proof. Bad decision's are part of life.

  20. the kid

    is he guilty, yes…did he desrve to be beaten like that, no…should he lose his job…no more than any other person would lose his…many law officers have taken DUI off duty…they still have a badge…fine the guy…make him become that spokesperson through the media that can get the messafge across about drinking and driving…he was 100% wrong and he should pay…but not with his face…

  21. Poohrex

    i hope he using this time off to get the help he MAY I say may need for his drinking.

  22. thesystem

    There are two sides to every story,who is to say which is true. Him haveing his belt and pants undone makes no sence,sounds like a good story to keep the officer out of trouble,well we will see. And his pants could have came undone when he was thrown so hard to the cement,think duh.

  23. thesystem

    Well I don't know if what you say is true or not. But I am sure if you are at a school where there is alot of children,its hard to please all of them all the time. Especially their parents. Think duh

  24. thesystem

    Well I did not see any special treatment,don't know what vidio you were watching. And like I said before he could have lost his belt or pants un buttom when he was thrown to the cement. Sounds like a good excuse to get the officer off and maybe being suied. think duh

  25. Tim Pepperman

    Sure,, show anti-smokeing adds that are offenceive But then promote the use of Alk. as shown in the Rays Lockeroom! NICE WAY TO TEACH OUR KIDS! Thanks Alot!