Man Accused of Slamming Woman’s Face on Steps at Howard Johnson’s

Zacharriah John Zimmer of Vero Beach is accused to slamming his girlfriend's face on concrete steps at Howard Johnson's.
Zacharriah John Zimmer of Vero Beach is accused to slamming his girlfriend's face on concrete steps at Howard Johnson's.

VERO BEACH – Police responded to multiple calls at the Howard Johnson’s in Vero Beach about a man slamming a woman’s face on some concrete steps, according to witnesses.

Arriving officers met with three witnesses at Howard Johnson’s, located at 1725 U.S. Highway 1, who advised the man had fled and was last seen walking towards Walgreens in Vero Beach.

An officer spotted a man matching the suspect’s description standing in the parking lot of Walgreens.

Zacharriah John Zimmer, 42, of Vero Beach told police he was in an argument with his girlfriend at Howard Johnson’s. Zimmer told officers that he never physically touched the victim, according to the report.

However, three independent witnesses on scene gave sworn statements on what they saw. The first witness said she saw Zimmer hitting the female twice in the head. The second witness said she saw Zimmer attempting to assault a woman before fleeing, according to the arrest affidavit.

“I heard screaming and come outside to find a male slamming a woman’s face 3 times onto the bottom step of the Howard Johnson’s,” the third witness told police, the report said.

Police said the victim did have visible injuries to her face. There was noticeable bruising and swelling to her right eye. She was transported to the Indian River Medical Center for treatment.

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Zimmer was arrested and charged with battery domestic violence.

Last December, Zimmer was arrested for trying to stay at a Motel 6 without paying.

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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.