Islamorada – Deputies responding to reports of a domestic dispute wound up in a struggle with the suspect, who bit and kicked at those trying to subdue him.
At 1 a.m. Sunday, Deputies Patricia Garcia, Frank Delgado and Yunier Galvez responded to the parking lot of Holiday Isle Resort. They met with the female victim, who had called Sheriff’s dispatchers to report a domestic dispute with her boyfriend. She pointed to a group of three men standing a distance away, identifying her boyfriend as the one wearing a blue shirt and black undershirt. She identified him as 25 year old Damien Marichal of Gainesville, Florida.
As deputies approached Marichal, he took off running. He ran past Deputy Garcia and she was able to grab him, stopping his flight. He continued to resist, fighting with the deputies trying to detain him and with a Holiday Isle security officer who was assisting them. During the struggle, he hit and kicked the officers, and bit the security officer, drawing blood with the bite.
He was handcuffed and placed into a patrol car. He managed to slip out of the handcuffs and continued struggling, kicking at the back windows of the vehicle. Deputies threatened to use their Tasers on him and he finally calmed down and stopped resisting.
He was arrested. He was charged with aggravated battery, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. He was booked into jail.