POLICE BLOTTER: Man trespasses at convenience store, another man 'snaps'

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Convenience-store trespasser makes woman feel uncomfortable

A man hanging out at a convenience, harassing customers and making a female employee uncomfortable with his talk has been arrested on a trio of charges, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies went to the Circle K on Harbor Boulevard to check out a report of a trespassing in progress. There, they spoke with the store manager, who told them 54-year-old Peter Daniel Hart of Destin came into the store and remained inside for an extending period of time, harassing employees.

The manager said two customers walked out and one overpaid to get away from him. Another employee hid in the ladies room because Hart’s comments mad her feel “real uncomfortable,” according to the report.

Hart was asked to leave several times but refused, the manager said, so she told him she was calling law enforcement. “Call the cops then,” he allegedly said and walked outside, only to return a short time later.

When deputies asked Hart for his ID they noticed a concealed gun permit, so they tried to pat him down as he was wearing a hockey jersey and a large black trenchcoat that could conceivably conceal a weapon, they said. Hart allegedly grabbed one deputy by his wrists and had to be handcuffed.

He was charged with battery on an officer or firefighter, trespassing and disorderly conduct. His plea date is Jan. 21.

Fists fly after man 'just snapped'

A man “just snapped” and pummeled another man at a restaurant, according to an arrest report.

The two were at 209 Harbor Boulevard – Waffle House – when 24-year-old Herndon Travis Buie of Ashford, Ala., got into an argument with four other people, according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Witnesses told deputies the four left, and a person sitting with Buie tried to calm him down.

“The victim advised he was trying to have the defendant calm down and the defendant just snapped. He does not remember any further what happened,” the deputy wrote in the report. Buie allegedly punched the other man in the face several times.

The apparent victim suffered two deep lacerations above his left eye and a laceration below his left eye. He refused medical treatment.

Buie was charged with battery causing great bodily harm. His plea date is Feb. 4.