A DISPUTE in the parking lot of a Hwy. 129 business is one of the incidents reported by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office this past week.
Two deputies were sitting in the parking lot at a restaurant when they heard a commotion nearby. The officers approached the source of the noise and found several people in the parking lot of the adjacent restaurant. The reporting officer stated that they observed a man lying on the ground, another man attempting to enter the driver’s side of a pick-up truck and three occupants inside the truck.
One of the officers ordered the man at the truck to stop and place his hands on the side of the truck. The officer then questioned the suspect about what was going on. The male suspect said he and his friends (the occupants of the truck) had just come from eating at the restaurant when one of the female occupants of the truck got sick and started throwing up.
The male suspect said she got out of the truck and continued throwing up, at which point in time, the man lying on the ground came out from behind a dumpster and started harassing the female suspect. The male suspect said he went to help the female and get her away from the man and had managed to get her, and himself, into the truck when the man approached him at the truck window and said he was going to punch him in the face if he didn’t get out of the truck. The male suspect said he was frightened and was worried for his friends, so he exited the truck and hit the man three or four times until he fell to the ground. The suspect said that is when the officers walked up.
The reporting officer questioned each of the three occupants of the truck outside the hearing of the others and all three told the same story. At this point, another female came out of the Waffle House and said she and the man on the ground had been out drinking and that he was drunk and was bothering the four friends. She advised the officer that he got what he deserved when the male suspect punched him.