VERO BEACH – A 20-year-old man was arrested after he asked people to leave the beach and struck an individual with a beer can in Vero Beach.
Justice Hunter Cureton, of Vero Beach, was walking on the boardwalk and yelled at the victim and his company to leave the area because “surfers tend to get upset when new surfers go to the beach,” the report said.
The victim said he just moved to Sebastian two months ago and found out surfers get upset because there’s too many out on the water.
Cureton walked on the boardwalk toward the victim and yelled for him to leave, then he threw a beer can at him, hitting him in the face. Cureton then grabbed his surfboard and went into the water.
The victim contacted the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office about the incident.
Deputies arrived and could not get Cureton out of the water. He would turn and look the other way each time deputies and the lifeguards tried to get his attention.
After several minutes, Cureton finally swam out of the water and spoke with deputies. Deputies could smell an alcoholic beverage emitting from Cureton’s breath, the report said.
Cureton told deputies that he had been walking on the boardwalk and got in the victim’s face to leave the beach. He denied throwing a beer can at the victim, according to the report.
Deputies then asked Cureton where his vehicle was parked, and he pointed at a black SUV. Deputies observed more beer cans in the vehicle that matched the same exact brand of the can thrown at the victim.
Cureton was arrested and transported to the Indian River County Jail where he was charged with Battery.
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