Cops Corner: Homeless man 'punches' store clerk with his stomach

Also in Cops: Woman drives with fake tag to her felony probation class.

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Oct. 29

Tummy troubles

4:18 a.m. — 400 block of State Road A1A, Flagler Beach

Battery. A Flagler Beach homeless man said he “punched” a convenience store clerk with his stomach after she told him to leave the store, according to an arrest report. 

The man told a police officer that he had entered the convenience store to use the microwave to heat up a bowl of instant mac-and-cheese, according to his arrest report. He left the store, but reentered because his mac-and-cheese needed more water.

As he left the second time, security footage shows that the clerk told him he needed to leave the property. That was when the suspect began swearing at her and then shoved her backwards twice using his stomach, the report said.

The suspect described what he did as “punching” her with his stomach, according to the report.

Oct. 24

Dumb and dumber

10:24 a.m. — West State Road 100 and Water Oak Road, Bunnell

Counterfeit license plate. The Sheriff’s Office arrested a 20-year-old Palatka woman who was driving with an expired license and a counterfeit license plate while on the way to a class for her felony probation, according to an arrest report. 

The Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled the woman over when he saw her Nissan Altima had a paper tag with too-small print on it. She told the officer the tag was a temporary one from when she purchased the car at a Florida dealership, according to the report.

When asked why it was a Texas tag if the car was bought in Florida, the woman didn’t have an answer. While the deputy was looking up her information, the woman kept telling him she was going to be late for a required class she needed to take for her felony parole.

The deputy ran the Texas tag number, which had a February 2024 expiration date, in the system to find the fake, the report said. 

The woman’s license was also a suspended learner’s license.

She was arrested and taken to the county jail.


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