Man Breaks Into A Business Armed with Sledgehammer & Knife

Melbourne man breaks into business on Merritt Island.
Melbourne man breaks into business on Merritt Island.

MELBOURNE – Brevard County Sherriff’s Office was called to Last Chance Cafe and Bait in Merritt Island in reference to a break-in and a man lunging at him with a knife.

Once the deputy arrived on the scene, he got a recorded sworn statement from the victim. When the victim arrived at 1750 Sea Ray Dr. in Merritt Island, he noticed he noticed the location had been broken into, when he saw broken glass.

When the victim entered the business, he was met by Christopher David Hughey, 40, with a large knife. Hughey lunged at the victim with knife. After being met by the defendant, the victim left the business and called authorities.

When deputies arrived, they observed the defendant in possession of a knife, which he obtained while being barricaded inside of the business at the direction of law enforcement.

Due to Hughey refusing to leave the business, the Satellite Beach K9 unit responded to assist in the apprehension of the defendant. Upon the apprehension, it was discovered that Hughey was in possession of a sledgehammer, which is believed to have been used to make an unlawful entry into the business.

Hughey, of Melbourne, was arrested and charged with Armed Burglary Dwell/Struct, Aggravated Assault W/Deadly Weapon WO Intent Kill, Possession Burglary Tools W Intent to Use, Resisting an Officer WO Violence, Bond Exoneration/Revocation Felony.

His total bond was set at $65,500.

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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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