Daytona Beach man arrested after he slashed several tires in local apartment complex, nearby businesses

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  • | 2:25 p.m. March 20, 2023
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March 13

Ulterior motive

4:49 p.m. — 500 block of Shadow Lakes Boulevard, Ormond Beach

Criminal mischief. Police responded to a local apartment complex after receiving reports that a man was slashing tires in the parking lot. 

The reporting officer spotted the suspect, a 26-year-old Daytona Beach man, riding a bicycle behind a nearby bank. 

He was holding a knife, according to a police report, and threw it when police ordered him to get on the ground. The knife was found at the edge of some hedges after the man was detained.

He repeated to officers that he was “not going to stop” and that he wanted to be kicked out of the country, the report states. He refused to answer officers’ questions. 

Multiple businesses in the area also reported that three or more vehicles in their lots had slashed tires.

March 14

With friends like these...

3:37 a.m. — 1600 block of North U.S. 1, Ormond Beach

Loitering or prowling. A 30-year-old Middleburg man was arrested after he entered a closed business and sat down in their patio. 

It wasn't his first encounter with police. He had just received a courtesy ride to a local gas station after he was spotted running nude in a resident's yard, according to a police report. The resident, who did not press charges, provided the man with clothes. The man told police he had been in town for Bike Week and was traveling with friends when they kicked him out of their truck and drove off with his clothing. 

Once at the gas station, the man was given food and said that he would be on his way once he finished eating.

However, the reporting officer soon returned to the gas station after an employee called and said they wanted the man to leave. The man approached the officer's car, expecting another ride. The officer told him she would not be driving him anywhere and the man started walking away. He returned shortly afterwards and asked if he could buy cigarettes inside, and when the officer told him no, he walked in the direction of a nearby closed restaurant. 

The man told police he entered the patio because he was trying to get out of the wind. He was taken to jail.

March 16

Fruit ninja

8:08 a.m. — 1500 block of West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach

Criminal mischief. Police responded to a local gas station convenience store to find several bags of chips and candy thrown all over the floor. Two displays lay broken, and there were pieces of fruit on the floor.

The store clerk told officers that the man responsible for the damage, a 32-year-old from Ormond Beach, frequently comes by and purchases one or two small cigars. He’s always short a few cents though, up to 10-15 cents, and each time, tells the clerk he will pay her back. 

This time, he was “short quite a bit,” the report states, and when he left to grab more change from his car, the clerk told him to come back and collect his money since she was refusing to sell him the cigars. Surveillance footage showed the man take his change, then push the fruit displays off the counter and begin throwing the snacks and candy all over the store.

Police were able to track him down based on his license plate. He admitted to causing the damage and explained that the clerk was disrespectful towards him and that she was making racial comments and assumptions based on his race. This triggered him, he told police, and he began to throw the food items. He was charged with a misdemeanor.


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