PALM BAY, Florida – A 51-year-old man is accused of beating a man at a homeless camp for not panhandling on the streets, according to the Palm Bay Police Department.
Curtis Less Holmes, of Palm Bay, was arrested Wednesday and charged with Battery.
Palm Bay police received a call from a homeless camp near the 1300 block of Foundation Park Blvd in reference to a physical altercation between two men. The victim was identified as Kevin Miller.
Miller told officers that Holmes beat him up for not panhandling on the streets, according to the affidavit.
“I met with Kevin Miller who had swelling to the left side of his face, causing his eye to swell closed,” the officer said. Miller told police that he was drinking with Holmes when he was punched several times for not panhandling for money.
Holmes told officers that no physical altercation occurred and stated that Miller was just trying to have him arrested for no reason.
Police then spoke Holmes’ girlfriend who stated that Miller is beaten all the time by her boyfriend. She said there had been several unreported incidents when her boyfriend kicked and punched Miller at the camp for not panhandling for money.
Palm Bay police arrested Holmes and transported him to the Brevard County Jail. As of Thursday afternoon, Holmes was still being held on $500 bond.
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