CRESTVIEW — A man who was arrested for battering his wife and a witness on a public street told police as he was going to jail that he would be going “right back” to jail for beating the remaining witnesses.
According to a Crestview Police Department arrest report, on Feb. 17 the 40-year-old man and his wife, the victim, were walking northbound on South Pearl Street after having been evicted from a family member’s residence. The report said the man was angry at having been evicted, and threw his property into the street. His wife put the property in a trash can near the roadway and confronted his husband. Two independent witnesses saw them “yelling at each other” in the street.
Two other witnesses said they then saw the man batter his wife by grabbing her shirt and pulling on her as she was heard yelling for help. The witnesses also told police they heard several “impact sounds” and believed the man was physically hurting his wife, but did not see him beating her themselves.
One of the male witnesses attempted to intervene and was ordered by the man to leave them alone. The man then attacked the witness in the street. Law enforcement arrived and separated the two men.
The man was arrested and taken to the Okaloosa County Jail. During transport, he told police that when he is released from jail, he would be “going right back” because he was going to “commit the act of battery on the witnesses in this case.”
The man was charged with misdemeanor battery.