Police Blotter: Man accused of striking wife, child

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

A 47-year-old Texas man is facing child abuse charges after allegedly getting into a fight with his wife about some text messages on her phone.

The man, who is not being named to protect the identity of the victims, and his wife got into an argument on Aug. 14 just after midnight, according to the arrest report.

During the argument, the man slapped his wife in the face, leaving a visible cut on her lip, the report said. Later that day, a second argument ensued, again over the cellular phone.

The man grabbed his wife and held her against the wall by her neck, according to the report. When one of the children heard the commotion, the boy went into to the room and told the man to stop hitting his mother.

The boy threatened to call law enforcement, and the man turned toward the child, striking him in the ches. During a confrontation between the boy and the man, the boy fell backward and struck a table before fleeing the home.

The woman left to find the boy, believing the man would stay with the children in the residence, according to the report. However, the man, believing that law enforcement had been called, fled, leaving the door "wide open."

When Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies arrived, they found the door to the condo open and a child inside, unattended, the report said. The man was seen running through the parking lot.

The woman and boy described the events to police.

The man said he'd been in argument with his wife, although not striking her, according to the report. He allegedly admitted to wrestling with her over control of the phone.

He also denied hitting the boy, but said he had poked him once in the chest. He allegedly admitted to fleeing the residence to evade deputies, saying he believed his wife was still at home with the children.

He is charged with battery, cruelty toward a child and neglect of a child.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 22.

Woman says man gave permission to use card, but can't identify him

A woman told deputies that a man had given her permission to use his card to buy drinks, but couldn't identify the man.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies were called to AJ's Seafood and Oyster bar on Aug. 10 for a report of a fraud, according to the arrest report. The security manager said that a woman, identified as 43-year-old Lisa Brogdon Gordon, was trying to pay for drinks with a card that had been reported stolen.

The victim had reported to security earlier that day that his cards had been stolen while he was working at AJ's. Gordon said a security guard found the cards scattered on U.S. Highway 98 and had given them to her, telling her to give them back to the owner.

She said she had known the security guard for four or five years.

She said when she tried to give the credit cards back to the owner, he told her to hold on to them and use one to get something to drink and eat, according to the report. When a security guard walked in, the woman allegedly called out to him, referring to him by the victim's name.

Deputies asked her if she was sure that the security guard was the victim; she said several times that she was sure, the report said. Deputies noted that the security guard and the victim were not even the same race.

The victim denied ever giving Gordon permission to use his cards.

The security guard said that when the woman got to the bar, she told him she'd lost her cards, but had found them again and was going to get a drink, according to the report. He denied ever giving her any credit cards.

She is charged with fraud and dealing in stolen property.

She is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 22.