A man who is a resident of the Port St. Lucie area of Florida was involved in a domestic assault dispute that occurred on Friday, June 1, 2018. He had barricaded himself in his home for several hours during the day until the St. Lucie County Special Weapons and Tactics team came by and surrounded him. The operation caused multiple streets to be closed off, resulting in traffic. Police also sent a robot, which was operating by a remote control, to see exactly what was transpiring inside the home.
At that point, the man, who is 36 years old, surrendered without a protest, to the police.
The man, who had recently moved into the home with his girlfriend of three years, was inside with the girlfriend. The woman told police about what had happened, explaining that earlier that day, she and her boyfriend had gotten into a physical fight when he was drinking, abusing drugs and they were playing video games together. The individual repeatedly hit his girlfriend with both his hands and the butt of a gun, according to the police’s arrest report.
In addition, the woman informed the police that she owns two firearms, a .22 caliber rifle and a 12 gauge shotgun. She told the officers that both guns are normally kept in their cases under the bed, but that on the night of Thursday, May 31, they were sitting out in the open, not in their cases and were strewn on the bed.
The man proceeded to yell at his girlfriend and call her obscene names, according to what she reported to the police. She said that he also threatened to kill her, their pet dogs and himself. She then tried to get her smartphone to call for help, but he confiscated the device and smashed it.
Eventually, the battered woman was able to flee from the home through a sliding door in the couple’s bedroom. From there, she raced to a Winn-Dixie plaza and BP gas station that were nearby, according to the police.
The police officers found the woman at around 5:45 am after being called by a store employee, who told them there was a woman crying outside his establishment. Once police arrived, she told them her boyfriend had never been violent with her prior to this time.
The police then went to the home, which is located at Southwest Trenton Lane, at 6:15 that morning and tried to persuade him to exit. When that proved unfruitful, they contacted the SWAT team because the man was housed inside with multiple firearms.
At 10:15, the SWAT team showed up, according to the police sergeant. Multiple streets were cordoned off to ensure that nobody walking by would get hurt.
Once the man was taken into custody, he was charged at St. Lucie County Jail with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. By 5:20 that evening, he remained in jail without bail.
These are very serious charges that will require the assistance fo a qualified Port Saint Lucie criminal attorney. If you are arrested for aggravated battery in Florida, you need the assistance of an experienced Port Saint Lucie aggravated battery defense attorney. Contact the law office of Jonathan Jay Kirschner, Esq. & Associates, LLC at (772) 489-8501 at your earliest convenience. You will be connected with a Port Saint Lucie aggravated battery defense attorney who can help you with your case.