March 30, 2011

Three arrested after brawl at Key Largo bar

Key Largo – Deputies responded to the Paradise Pub at midnight and arrested three people who had attacked other patrons.

A husband and wife reported to Deputy Joshua Brady they were at the bar when Dustin Hicks of Key Largo walked up and asked for a cigarette. They told him they didn’t have one. Hicks then put his arm around the woman and asked if she’d like to have sex with him and his girlfriend.

The husband confronted Hicks and Hicks slapped him, punched him then picked up a barstool and hit the victim with it.

During the altercation, a second suspect, 20 year old Jessica Brown of Wildwood, Florida, walked up and punched the male victim, and punched his wife as well.

Another patron o f the bar told Deputy Brady that Hicks also punched him “for no reason”. A third suspect, 26 year old Thomas Gallagher of Key Largo, then pushed him to the ground during the altercation.

When officers arrived, they began taking statements and they took the suspects into custody. Brown fought with the officers, kicking Sgt. Tom Kiffney several times. She continued to fight and kick as she was transported to the Plantation Key jail, and, once at the jail also fought with Corrections Officers.

Brown was charged with two counts battery on a law enforcement officer, two counts of battery and criminal mischief. Hicks was charged with three counts of battery and one count of aggravated battery. Gallagher was charged with one count of battery. All three are in the Monroe County jail.

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