(As originally published with bells and whistles, Sat, November 19th 2022, 4:30 AM EST)
LANTANA, Fla. (CBS12) — A police officer found a strange site when she responded to a disorderly conduct complaint at a convenience store.
She saw a man “leaning over the counter with his head underneath the protective glass,” according to the arrest report.
That happened off Lantana Road, east of I-95, on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 30.
The officer wrote she announced herself and asked the man, later identified as William Lanneaux, 29, to step outside with her.
The arrest report said, “Lanneaux began approaching me in an aggressive manner and uttering unintelligible things, with his hand in his pocket; when suddenly he turned around and began aggressively approaching and posturing up to [another man] inside of the store.
“I attempted to gain Lanneaux’s attention again as he got in [the man]’s face. [The man] in self-defense pushed Lanneaux away from him and repeatedly asked me to get Lanneaux away from him.
“At this point in time, I grabbed Lanneaux’s wrists in attempt to detain him and avoid further physical conflict. I gave Lanneaux several verbal commands to come outside. Lanneaux resisted by using physical force to pull away and shove me simultaneously.
“At this point in time, several other officers arrived on scene and were able to assist in gaining compliance of Lanneaux by taking him to the ground safely. I placed Lanneaux in handcuffs, checked for spacing and double locked.
“Lanneaux was escorted to my patrol vehicle where he was searched for any weapons prior to being placed inside of my patrol vehicle. Lanneaux was verbally aggressive toward officers, as well as continually attempting to pull away from officers. Lanneaux was showing obvious signs of being under the influence of an unknown substance.”
With Lanneaux out of the way, the officer was able to talk with witnesses.
She wrote, the other man involved told her, “He was walking to [the store] and observed Lanneaux pushing the trash cans over outside of [the store]. [The man] stated he told Lanneaux to chill out and immediately recognized Lanneaux was under the influence of something.
“[The man] stated when he told Lanneaux to chill out, Lanneaux began charging at him, so [the man] had to defend himself by pushing Lanneaux, and going inside of [the store]. [The man] stated he then told [the store] clerks to call the police because he was in fear of Lanneaux trying to fight him. [The man] stated he did not want to become physical with Lanneaux so he continually pushed him away from him every time Lanneaux charged at him.
“[The man] stated when police arrived on scene, he witnessed Lanneaux become combative with officers when they tried to place him under arrest. [The man] stated he saw Lanneaux push [an officer] and attempted to pull away from several officers.”
Then, she then spoke with a witness who told her, “Lanneaux came into the parking lot and started tearing off the trash can lid, and then pushing a trash can to the ground, which subsequently rolled across the parking lot and caused minor damage to a parked vehicle.
“[The witness] advised Lanneaux then came into [the store] and started yelling at customers and trying to fight them. [The witness] advised he did not see any physical violence take place.”
Finally, the officer watched surveillance video and wrote it “corroborated all parties’ account of the incidents.
“It can be observed at 10:40 a.m. Lanneaux enters the parking lot and appears agitated. Lanneaux then grabs the lid of the east side garbage can and throws it to the ground. Lanneaux then proceeds to the west side garbage can and throws that lid to the ground and pushed the garbage can to the ground. (Note; the garbage can is cement at approximately 100 pounds or more.
“At the same time Lanneaux is pushing over the west side garbage can, [the other man] can be seen walking into the parking lot. [The man] can be seen verbally verbalizing something to Lanneaux, as the trash can is rolling toward the parked unoccupied vehicle in the lot.
“It can then be observed, as [the man] approaches the door to [the store], Lanneaux begins walking at a fast pace aggressively toward [the man]. At this point in time, it can be seen Lanneaux puts his hands on [the man], and [the man] brings his arms up and pushed Lanneaux away from him and enters [the store].
“For several minutes, you can see Lanneaux continually approaching [the man] from within the store, and [the man] pushing Lanneaux away from him.
“Lanneaux can be seen pacing throughout the store, and appearing to yell at the clerks and [the man].
“Lanneaux can then be seen leaning over the counter and putting his head underneath the protective glass of the counter.
“At this time, officers arrived on scene.”
William Lanneaux, of Kissimmee, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest with violence.
He was booked on Oct. 31 at 1:52 a.m. and released in lieu of $1,000 bond almost a week later, on Nov. 6 at 2:51 p.m.