This week on Cops Corner...
The customer is always right?
6:50 p.m. — 100 block of Pergola Place
Petit theft. A local pizza joint pressed charges against a 35-year-old Ormond Beach woman who refused to pay for a pizza she ordered for delivery. The woman complained that the pizza was undercooked and that she should have gotten a free one, according to police. However, this happened during the second time the pizza delivery man arrived at her home for payment; She had told him initially that she paid by credit card over the phone.
The owner of the restaurant contacted police, and an officer arrived at her home to investigate the conflict. Though there was a car outside the home, the officer had to ring the doorbell four times and knock repeatedly to get someone's attention. The woman opened the door, and "was instantly angry" about how the officer was knocking "threateningly" at her door.
According to the police report, she continued to argue with the officer until bringing the pizza box to the door and asking him to hand it back for her. The officer told her the owner just wanted payment. The large pepperoni pizza cost $14.99.
"They can take me to small claims court," the woman said to the officer, who told her things "don't work that way." The woman then accused the officer of sleeping with the restaurant owner. She later threw the pizza box to the ground and was uncooperative with the officer as he tried to get her information. "You figure it out," she said.
8 p.m. — 100 block of North Yonge Street
Battery touch. Police arrested a 59-year-old Ormond Beach who shoved his girlfriend and sprayed her with a garden hose after having an argument at a restaurant over her not helping a man having a medical episode near her. The victim, who is a nurse, told police she had her back to that man and never knew what was happening.
The couple had met on an online dating site and was dating for three weeks before this incident. The argument caused the man to break up with her, and drove her back to his home to pick up her things. Once there, she spilled a box of condoms on his bed and told him "good luck with his life in the bedroom," police report. She said the man became angry and pushed her with his hands, and sprayed her back with his hose as she left. The man told police he never touched her.
'Catch this fade'
12:04 a.m. — 500 block of Collins Street
Battery touch. A 26-year-old man was arrested after confronting ones of his roommates, bumping him chest-to-chest and taunting him to "catch this fade," police report. The trendy phrase means, "I'm going to beat you up."
Police had arrived at their home the night before responding to a call by the man's roommates, who said he was drunk and had started a verbal argument with the above-mentioned roommate. Police report the man had grabbed a pan of food away from the roommate and began to push him.
The roommate declined to press charges then, asking police to give the man a ride to his mother's house to sober up. Because he returned hours later and pushed him again, the roommate called police again. This time, the man was taken to jail.