Palm Bay man drags Dillard’s employee in mall parking lot

Dillard's loss and prevention officer dragged in Melbourne Square Mall parking lot.
Dillard's loss and prevention officer dragged in Melbourne Square Mall parking lot.

MELBOURNE, Florida – A man was arrested on multiple charges after dragging a Dillard’s loss and prevention officer from his car in the Melbourne Square Mall parking lot.

Melbourne police said that 42-year-old Cleon Demitris Leeks, of Palm Bay, was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Driving on a Suspended License, Leaving a Scene of a Crash with Injury, Petit Theft, and Resisting an Officer.

On Saturday, at approximately 2:00 p.m., a loss and prevention officer observed Leeks conceal a pink Ralph Lauren polo shirt in his shorts.

Leeks then left Dillard’s and entered the driver’s side door of a 2016 Kia as the officer ran after him.

As Leeks backed up, the door struck the officer knocking him down to the pavement.

“He was then dragged approximately 10 to 15 feet,” police said. Leeks also ran over the officer’s ankle, failing to stop despite pleas to do so.

The officer was transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center.

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A few miles away, Melbourne police found Leeks and initiated a traffic stop where he was arrested.

Bond set at $31,500.

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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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