Ormond man who stole cellphone, cigarettes last month is arrested after giving deputies a false name

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Feb. 1

Soda isn't water

2:17 a.m. — 600 block of West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach

Battery touch/strike. Police arrested a 39-year-old transient man who shoved a gas station employee after she asked him to pay for his soda.

According to a police report, the man was seen at the drink machine filling up a water cup with soda. After shoving the employee, he finished his drink, threw it away and left the gas station convenience store. 

The employee flagged down police, who were able to locate the man. He told officers he didn't have money to pay for the drink. 

He was taken to jail. The gas station supervisor declined to press charges for shoplifting. 

Feb. 2

Burglar blunder

5:18 p.m. — Intersection of Alabama Avenue and Maryland Avenue, Daytona Beach

False name given to law enforcement officer. A deputy spotted a man slumped over his bicycle in the grass. A second deputy was notified of the incident over the radio and responded. 

The man wasn't moving, deputies noted, at least at first. When they got closer, the man woke up and told them he was under the influence of fentanyl. Deputies summoned medical personnel, who cleared the man, a 36-year-old from Ormond Beach, at the scene.

While waiting for the medical personnel, however, deputies asked the man for his name. The man provided them with a false identity, which he soon admitted to police. He told them he gave them a fake identity because he believed his local police department was looking for him.

The man had broken into a car and stolen a cellphone and cigarettes on Jan. 18. 

He was taken to jail.

Feb. 11

Playing defense

8:22 p.m. — 1500 block of West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach

Battery on a law enforcement officer. A 24-year-old Holly Hill woman pushed and attempted to restrain a police officer, who was chasing her and another man for shoplifting $129 worth of merchandise from a local big box store. 

Police report the officer had "partial control" of the man when the woman placed a shopping cart in between the two, put her hands on the officer and told the man to run. She followed suit.

She and the man, along with a third man involved in the shoplifting, were all soon caught by police. The woman claimed that she didn't know the person she pushed was an officer. The officer was wearing a uniform, the report notes.

All three people were taken to jail.


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