2 men arrested after punching patrons at The Grove

Two men arrested at The Grove bar in Vero Beach, Florida.
Two men arrested at The Grove bar in Vero Beach, Florida.

VERO BEACH – Police say three people were injured at The Grove after two men began punching patrons repeatedly.

Vero Beach police arrived at The Grove, located at 2115 14th Avenue, and were told two subjects were randomly punching multiple men and women in the face.

When one man tried to stop it, he was punched and then kicked on the ground repeatedly while unconscious. He was transported to the Indian River Medical Center for his injuries.

The two subjects, identified as 27-year-old Richard Dawayne Simmons and 25-year-old Brandon Gordon Owens, told police they were there to help out a friend.

However, multiple bystanders told officers that Simmons and Owens were the only two subjects fighting at the bar.

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Simmons and Owens were arrested on Battery charges and transported to the county jail. Bond was set at $1,000 each.

While in the patrol vehicle, Simmons said “I had a hand in it too. I was kicking the fu** out of that cracker too,” which was recorded.

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.