Police: Palmetto man arrested after hitting officer with case of beer

acastillo@bradenton.comJuly 7, 2014 

PALMETTO -- A Palmetto man was charged with trespass and resisting arrest with violence Sunday, according to the Palmetto Police Department.

Cristobal Perez, 47, was arrested at 1:32 p.m. According to a report, Perez was sleeping in the front yard of someone's home on Eighth Avenue West. The resident called police to ask that Perez be removed. When he was awakened, police say Perez refused to leave the property.

After an officer helped Perez up, the Palmetto man reportedly grabbed a beer out of a case he had. The officer refused to let Perez open the beer and told him again that he needed to leave the property, a report states. Perez refused to let go of his beer.

"The defendant then swung the case of beer towards me, hitting me with it," the police report states.

According to a report, Perez was placed on the ground and under arrest. He was booked in jail on bonds totaling $2,000.

Amaris Castillo, Law Enforcement/Island Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. You can follow her on Twitter@AmarisCastillo.

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