This week on Cops Corner...
Leaving a drink unattended
6 p.m. — 1400 block of West Granada Boulevard
Battery touch. Police arrested a 30-year-old Ormond Beach man after he punched a restaurant employee due to his drink being taken away when he stepped outside. Prior to the situation escalating, police reported that witnesses claim to have tried to explain that restaurant staff cleared the table by mistake, but he only became more "irate and started to shout obscenities" at one of them.
The victim stepped in to offer the man a new plate of food and another drink for the error, but police report the proposal only made the man angrier. He paid for his meal and when he was given his change, the man clenched it in his fist and punched the employee on the left side of his chin. He was issued a one-year trespass warning for the restaurant and transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail.
2:05 a.m. — 100 block of South Nova Road
Loitering. A 49-year-old man was arrested after police spotted him sleeping on a bench behind a local coffee shop. The man, after changing up his story, would later tell officers that he would rather sleep on the bench than at his own home.
The man answered all police questions, including place of work and occupancy, during the officer's investigation. Initially, he told police that he had worked until 2:30 p.m. the day before and stayed on the bench because he didn't want to walk home. He also didn't want to take a bus because he "could walk faster" and his bike had been stolen. Later, he told police he walked to a pub for much of the evening.
Police could not verify any of the information the man gave them, aside from his name. According to the police report, officers were unable to dispel reasonable alarm or immediate concern for the safety of property in the vicinity, warranting the man's arrest.
Threat followed through
12:30 p.m. — 100 block of Hand Avenue
Battery touch. Police arrested a 22-year-old woman who punched her stepfather in the neck over an argument revolving around clothing and cleaning up around the house. When he first called law enforcement, the stepfather said he was only doing so to scare her and later made it known that he did not want her to go to jail.
However, police stopped the woman as she walked toward the beach with her baby in a stroller. She was transported back to her stepfather's residence in the back of a police car, and police report her stepfather began to cry when he saw them. He continued to make it known to police that he didn't want his stepdaughter to get into any trouble, but police determined she was the primary aggressor in the incident and placed her in their custody.
She was transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail.