[2012 CF 008745 NC]
The Defendant is a local business owner in Sarasota County and was arrested for aggravated battery. The arrest stems from an incident that occurred at the Defendant’s local business. The alleged victim entered the store and stole merchandise. The alleged victim was drunk and tried to flee with the merchandise. The Defendant attempted to recover the stolen merchandise and confronted the alleged victim. The alleged victim was there with three friends. A confrontation ensued and the Defendant broke the alleged victims jaw. Upon his arrest the Defendant hired Darren Finebloom who gathered numerous witness statements and case law regarding reasonable force to recover ones property. Shortly after providing this information to the State Attorney all charges were dropped.