Too much booze leads to arrest of Port Charlotte man
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte County deputies arrested a Port Charlotte man early this morning after a night of drinking at Boomer's Bar and Nightclub.
Deputies say 37-year-old Joseph Jean Baptiste was armed with a knife and threatened to harm a deputy's family. Baptiste was charged with Threat on a Public Servant, Possession of a Concealed Weapon, Disorderly Intoxication, Resisting an Officer, and Breach of Peace.
Deputies were on patrol in Boomer’s parking lot, 2360 Tamiami Trail, in Port Charlotte at 1:42 a.m. and saw Baptiste being told to leave by a bouncer. Baptiste turned around and advanced toward the bouncer in an aggressive manner.
The bouncer asked Baptiste to leave several times but he continued to argue loudly. With a clenched fist he ran toward the bouncer again when deputies grabbed him. Baptiste began pulling away, became violent and continued to resist, yelling “I’m drunk.” He was then placed under arrest. A search found a foldable knife protruding from his back pocket with the blade extended out and locked.
The owner of Boomer’s wanted Baptiste removed for trespassing. When a deputy transported him to the Charlotte County Jail, Baptiste stated, “Your children are going to pay for this, I know their innocent, but they’re going to pay.” He then said, “Do you have children, if you don’t, it would be your niece or nephews.” The deputy felt Baptiste was intending to hurt his family out of retaliation for his arrest. Baptiste posted a $7,000 bond and went free Thursday morning.