Palm Bay Man Arrested After Smacking Waitress on Buttocks

Man arrested at Sonny's BBQ in Palm Bay.
Man arrested at Sonny's BBQ in Palm Bay.

PALM BAY, Florida – A 75-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after he “smacked” a waitress at Sonny’s BBQ on the buttocks, police said.

Mark Allen Leonard was taken into custody and charged with Battery after video surveillance showed him lift “his right-hand and smacked her buttocks very hard,” according to the report.

The waitress told Palm Bay police that Leonard has been coming into Sonny’s BBQ, located at 1020 Malabar Road in Palm Bay, for the past year and has acted “very friendly” towards her and other employees.

“He often walks closely with the hostesses and rubs their shoulders or lower back,” the officer said, according to statements made by employees.

Mark Allen Leonard
Mark Allen Leonard

The female waitresses felt very uncomfortable to the point where they refuse to serve Leonard. However, when they do, they spend minimal time at his table to avoid contact.

“Mark often makes unnecessary comments such as ‘Here is a $40.00 tip, go buy a new bathing suit, I want to see,'” the waitress said in her statement to police.

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The waitress also said Leonard makes comments about her being pregnant and says her boyfriend needs “to take care of things” as he pokes her stomach.

When Leonard smacked one of the waitresses on her buttocks in front of other employees, she went to the kitchen area to cry, the report said.

Leonard denied ever touching the waitress, but the video footage obtained confirmed the incident. He was arrested and transported to the Brevard County Jail.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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