CRESTVIEW, Fla., July 14, 2020—A Baker man was arrested on multiple charges after spitting on a car, punching random people and kicking a car door where a toddler was sitting in a car seat.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office charged Jake Coleman Bell, 31, with battery, cruelty toward a child without great bodily harm, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.
Deputies were called to a disturbance at the Tom Thumb convenience store at Ferdon and Stillwell boulevards in Crestview around 7 p.m. last night.
The ruckus apparently started when Bell knocked food out of someone’s hand at the deli, according to a news release by the OCSO.
A 42-year-old store clerk who approached to ask Bell to leave said he hit her in the face just below her left eye with his fist, knocking off her glasses.
A 57-year-old male victim said Bell struck him in his shoulder with his fist.
Another woman said Bell yelled an expletive at her while she was parked at a red light, then spit on her car.
After throwing punches, Bell ran from the store and headed south on North Ferdon Boulevard before he walked up to a beige car and tried to kick through the rear driver-side passenger window. Missing the window, Bell hit the door above the handle, leaving a dent.
A 3-year-old child was sitting in the seat by the door Bell kicked.
Bell also refused commands to stop and pulled away when deputies tried to detain him.
They took him into custody with the assistance of an officer from the Crestview Police Department.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release