Man accused of grabbing senior by the face, saying ‘you ain’t gonna use that phone today’

(As originally published with bells and whistles, Wed, October 26th 2022, 4:30 AM EDT)

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — An older man approached a police officer who was patrolling Boynton Beach and said he was battered by Curtis Rolle, who was also arrested both before and after the incident.

It was the late morning of Sept. 15 and the alleged victim lived with Rolle, but their relationship has not been released.

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“[The victim] stated the incident occurred at their residence located [at address],” the arrest report said. “Upon making contact with the residence for further investigation, Curtis left the area prior in an unknown location.”

The trouble happened five minutes earlier and it was over bicycles.

…continued by throwing him to the ground.

According to the arrest report, “He requested for Curtis to move his bicycles from the driveway. While both parties stood in the driveway, the two engaged in a verbal dispute at which point Curtis grabbed [the victim] by the face and continued by throwing him to the ground.

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Curtis stated ‘you ain’t gonna use that phone today.’

“[The victim] stated as he removed his cellphone from his pocket in order to dial 911, Curtis stated ‘you ain’t gonna use that phone today.’ Curtis grabbed the phone from [the victim] and continued by throwing it southbound over the house. [The victim] stated he then left the residence to seek assistance. While speaking with [the victim], I observed a small less than 1 inch cut on his right cheek. [The victim] stated that injury resulted from Curtis grabbing his face.

Curtis Rolle was booked on (from left) April 27, Sept. 25 and Oct. 12, 2022. (Palm Beach Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Curtis Rolle, 53, was charged with assault on a person 65 years of age or older, obstructing justice by tampering with a victim, and petit theft of $100 to $750.

Rolle was booked on Sept. 25 at 1:39 p.m. and released in lieu of $11,000 bond the next evening at 9:54.

But this wasn’t Rolle’s first arrest in Palm Beach County in the past year.

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CBS12 News reported that on March 2, “Violent Crime Task Force detectives conducted a convert narcotics operation” later called Operation Exit 57.

Rolle was one of 14 people arrested over five months.

His arrest report said a detective “immediately identified” Rolle, “who has had numerous encounters” with him.

“As Rolle approach the UC’s [undercover cop’s] vehicle, he asked, ‘what you need.’ The UC responded, ‘you got hard, 40.’”

Then it said the officer gave Rolle $40, and Rolle gave the officer a piece of suspected crack cocaine that later tested positive.

Rolle was charged with selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of a park, Wilson Park. He was booked on April 27 at 8:32 p.m. and released in lieu of $25,000 bond on April 29 at 8:39 p.m.

That would come back to haunt him.

Two weeks after the arrest with the older man, on Oct. 12, another Boynton Beach police officer went to a gas station on S. Federal Highway to investigate “an in-progress assault.”

Rolle stated something sexual to her, to which she told him to ‘f___ off.’

According to that arrest report, [the victim] said a man later identified as Rolle “came up to her and started following her around. [The victim] advised that she started walking across the street to the Walgreens in hopes he will leave her alone. [The victim] stated that Rolle stated something sexual to her, to which she told him to ‘f___ off.’

“[The victim] stated that at which time Rolle struck her in the left cheekbone with a closed fist. I did not observe any marks or bruises on [the victim]’s cheek at that time.”

he did not feel like being bothered.

Later, officers found Rolle, “who immediately fled the area on a bicycle. Rolle fled from officers through numerous business properties, parking lots, side streets, all while officers continued their efforts to have Rolle stop. Rolle later ditched his bicycle, fleeing westbound on foot in the area of Fish Depot. Rolle was apprehended at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Railroad.

“Rolle stated the reason why he fled from officers was because he did not feel like being bothered.”

Curtis Rolle was charged with resisting an officer without violence, which is a misdemeanor.

He was booked on Oct. 12 at 3:07 a.m. and a judge set his bond at $1,000.

But there was a hearing later that day.

The court released a cross reference list showing Rolle has a booking history that’s three pages long.

And a judge revoked Rolle’s bond for that arrest in March for selling cocaine near a park.

He has been at the Main Detention Center ever since.

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