MELBOURNE, Florida – The Melbourne Police Department received a call about a fight between 12 people at the Texas Roadhouse Grill on Eau Gallie Boulevard.
Police arrived at the Texas Roadhouse Grill in Melbourne and made contact with one of the victims, who told officers he did not know any of the people involved in the fight.
The victim said he was sitting at a table on the back patio when he heard a commotion between a Texas Roadhouse employee, identified as 22-year-old Freddie Lee Phillips, and a restaurant patron.
According to the victim, Phillips was “aggressively” putting dirty plates and cups in a tray to be carried away, which caused liquid to fly towards nearby customers.
When the victim asked Phillips if he could be more careful, the restaurant employee responded, “put your finger on your nose, and mind your own fucking business.”
Phillips then picked up the “bussing bin” and slammed it on the victim’s head twice, causing plates and glass cups to shatter and thrown from the bin.
The employee then threw the bussing bin across the table, grabbed the victim’s shirt, and began to punch him in the face with a closed fish, the report said.
Several witnesses told police about the encounter, which matched the statement told by the victim. About 10 people in the area intervened to break the fight up between the two men. Innocent bystanders were also injured during the scuffle.
However, Phillips began swinging punches at one of the witnesses to the face.
One witness had to be transported to the hospital because she was “feeling ill and vomiting” because of injuries she sustained from the physical altercation.
Another witness told police that the fight started when the first victim called Phillips the “N” word. They also said the bussing bin never landed on anyone.
Phillips stated that he and the victim were in an argument about the liquid being splashed, and at some point, a “liquid kicker” was thrown at him.
He said the liquid kicker is a small stick that is filled with alcohol and used to add flavor to drinks. Phillips admitted to using the bin to strike the victim.
However, officers said the witnesses did not see anyone throwing a liquid kicker at Phillips.
“No witnesses came forward who saw anyone throwing the liquid kicker at Phillips, and no one was able to corroborate his statement,” an officer said.
Phillips is on active Felony Probation for Grand Theft Motor Vehicle. After speaking with his probation officer, it was determined that Phillips “violated material condition 5 of his terms of probation, which state he will remain at liberty without violating the law, when he committed a new law violation, Battery.”
Phillips was arrested and transported to the Brevard County Jail where he was charged with Felony Aggravated Battery, Felony Battery LEO Firefighter, Felony Resisting Officer With Violence, Resisting Officer, Out of County Arrest Warrant, and Disorderly Conduct.
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