August 18, 2012

Brawl at Key Largo restaurant sends one to jail

Key Largo – A 43 year old Key Largo man is in jail after striking a man with a rock and throwing another rock at a waitress at Sharkey’s Restaurant in Key Largo Friday night.

According to witnesses, Carlos Ponce got into a fight with another man inside the restaurant at 9 p.m. after pushing people around and “bullying” them away from the pool tables inside. The fight moved outside into the parking lot where Ponce picked up two large coral rocks.

Two young men who saw the fight tried to intervene. Ponce pushed one of them to the ground and hit the other one in the face with the rock. He threw the second rock at a waitress who had approached the area where the fight was taking place. He then fled the scene before deputies arrived.

Ponce was  found at a nearby bar and was returned to the scene, where he was identified by witnesses and victims. He was placed under arrest, charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct. He was booked into jail.

The victim was treated at the scene for injuries from being hit with the rock.

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