VERO BEACH – The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a suspicious person allegedly groping female customers at a Walgreens store in Vero Beach.
Store employees received several complaints about the man who was in and out of the establishment throughout the day, according to the report.
The deputy made contact with Michael Girardin, 61, who was still in the Walgreens store. Authorities observed the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.
Girardin, who is homeless, was asked to step outside with the deputy so that they could talk without disrupting business in the store.
Once outside, the homeless man was told Walgreens wanted to trespass him, and that he would be arrested if he did not abide the store’s wishes. Girardin agreed, and the deputy walked to his vehicle to fill out the paperwork.
However, Girardin walked inside the Walgreens Liquor store and began yelling at the customers inside, “you f—— queer!”
The deputy ran up to Girardin and forced him into the his patrol car. The man then told the deputy that he assaulted him, and began poking his finger into the officer’s chest. Girardin was placed into handcuffs.
When he was searched, the deputy found a metal object. Girardin said it was his “weed pipe.”
Girardin was booked on charges of disorderly intoxication and drug paraphernalia.
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