Barefoot Bay Man Chases Girlfriend with a Hammer

Michael Anthony Renaud
Michael Anthony Renaud

On Tuesday, at approximately 3:00 p.m., the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a “frantic female” being chased by a man with a hammer, according to the arrest affidavit.

When police arrived at the Barefoot Bay residence, the victim told deputies that her current boyfriend of two years is “verbally and physically abusive.”

The victim stated she was helping her boyfriend pack his home when he struck her with an open hand in the back several times and left marks, which were documented with photographs by the deputies.

The boyfriend was identified as 50-year-old Michael Anthony Renaud of Barefoot Bay. Renaud didn’t provide a statement when deputies arrived, according to the report.

“The victim also stated that the defendant willfully and intentionally held a hammer to her face and threatened to hit her about the head and face. The victim also stated that the defendant willfully and intentionally struck her in the head on two occasions with a wooded end of a hammer and a small mini Louisville Slugger baseball bat,” the deputy said.

Deputies also said the victim was “visibly upset and fearful” because of Renaud’s violent tendency towards her.

According to his probation officer, Renaud is currently on Felony Probation, which he violated during this incident.

Renaud was charged with Aggravated Assault Domestic Violence, Battery Domestic Violence, and Felony Battery. He was transported to the Brevard County Jail, where his bail was set at $11,000.

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