MANATEE -- A Marine and his wife were attacked outside a movie theater Christmas night after asking a group of teens to be quiet during a movie, according to Manatee County Sheriffs Office reports.
The attack escalated into an affray attracting approximately 300 bystanders.
As a result, four teens and an adult were placed under arrest, according to reports.
Federico Freire, 27, who is on leave from Afghanistan, went to the movies at the Carmike Royal Palm 20, 5125 26th St. E., to see Little Fockers with his wife, Kayln. Freire said a group of about 20 teens were being obnoxious and loud during the movie. When they were asked to be quiet, some of teens began swearing. Kayln Freire went to find a manager and the youths were asked to leave. The couple left shortly after. We were just so aggravated. We thought, Forget this, were out of here, Federico Freire told the Herald.
Theater management asked more of the teens to leave and when they refused, deputies were called. As the couple exited the theater just before 10 p.m., Kayln Freire was surrounded by about 15 girls who appeared like they were going to attack her, Federico Freire said. A witness told Freire that he had a firearm in his vehicle and offered to escort the couple to safety. Federico Freire said he told his wife to go with the witness to get her out of harms way.
Seven males then surrounded Federico Freire and began to kick and punch him, according to the sheriffs office report; he was struck across the left side of his face. I got back up to defend myself and they started running everywhere, he said. A crowd of about 100 people began to form. When Freire looked to his wife, he said he saw a young male with his shirt off punch her in the face, knocking her out. Freire said he went after the youth and the witness brandished his gun, telling the crowd to step back. Deputies arrived shortly thereafter.
As deputies were investigating, the manager of the theater asked anyone without a ticket to leave. When a deputy asked 16-year-old Ishmael Dunbar to leave several times, the teenager refused and struck the deputy, according to the sheriffs office. At one point, Destiny McNeil, 20, a relative of Dunbar, attempted to intervene in the arrest and was arrested herself, the release said. She was charged with resisting arrest without violence and was released from Manatee County jail Sunday on a $750 bond. Reginald Gardner, 17, also hit the same deputy in the arm and resisted arrest after he was asked to leave the area. Gardner was stunned in the chest with a Taser by a deputy. Both Gardner and Dunbar were charged with battery on a law enforcement officer. The names of 15-year-old twin brothers who were charged with misdemeanor battery for striking the couple were not released. Details of misdemeanor arrests for juveniles are not public record under Florida law.
So punching a civilian (a woman no less) in the face and knocking her out is "misdemeanor battery" (unless you are her spouse/partner) but punching a cop in the arm is a felony charge. Lovely situation they have there.