Crime

Man charged with grabbing woman's breast at Manatee courthouse

MANATEE -- A 41-year-old man was arrested at the Manatee County courthouse today after he allegedly grabbed one woman's breast and indicated to another woman that he was masturbating, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Tony Dennis Gustin of Bradenton touched the woman's breast about 9:45 a.m. as she was getting off an elevator, allegedly telling her, "Thank you, have a nice day," a news release states.

Later, he called over another woman "while he had his hands in his pants," a news release states.

After he was identified as a suspect and arrested at the courthouse, Gustin told deputies that he had told the woman "he had an itch and he thought that she might want to help him scratch it," the release states.

Gustin also said he had been alone in the elevator and did not know what deputies were talking about, according to deputies.

Gustin faces charges of battery and as of Wednesday morning was in the Manatee County jail on $750 bond.

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