Melbourne man utilizes umbrella to block pepper spray

A man used his umbrella to block an assault in Melbourne, Florida.
A man used his umbrella to block an assault in Melbourne, Florida.

MELBOURNE, Florida – A man flagged down an officer after using his umbrella to block pepper spray from an assailant, according to the Melbourne Police Department.

The victim said a man, identified as 32-year-old Willie Tillis, threatened to cause him harm because he wanted to fight, the affidavit said.

Tillis, of Melbourne, continued to make threats to the victim as he pulled out a can of pepper spray, according to the report.

“As he was walking, the male [Tillis] attempted to spray him. He stated that he used his umbrella, which he carries as a sunshade, to block the spray,” the officer said.

Tillis then ran into the Daily Bread to dine after the attack. A police officer was at the location and was approached by a Daily Bread employee who witnessed the pepper spray attack.

A witness who watched the attack said Tillis put the pepper spray back into his pocket after the victim used his umbrella to block the attack.

Tillis told police that he did approach the victim because he wanted to fight, but denied using pepper spray, according to the arrest affidavit.

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Tillis was arrested on a charge of Battery 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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