Vero Beach Man Shows Police Wrong Text Message

Man arrested after choking his girlfriend in Vero Beach.
Man arrested after choking his girlfriend in Vero Beach.

VERO BEACH – A 33-year-old man was arrested in Vero Beach after he told officers that a text message on his phone might clear his name. Unfortunately, it only confirmed another charge during booking.

Alfonso Rivera was arrested on charges of felony battery domestic violence, felony possession of cocaine, and felony introduction of contraband into a detention facility.

The Vero Beach Police Department received a call from a taxi service stating that a female, who was on the phone with them, was in an altercation with a male.

The victim told officers that Rivera has been visiting her from New York for the past eight days. Rivera said they were in a verbal argument about their relationship and “the whole situation was being blown out of proportion,” according to the report.

Rivera claimed that he never laid a hand on his girlfriend. But the victim said she called the taxi service to arrange a ride for him to go back to the Orlando Airport because of they have been “arguing non-stop since he came to visit,” the report said.

The victim said that while she was on the phone with the taxi service, Rivera grabbed her arm, ripped the phone from her hand, and slapped her left arm. He then backed her up against a wall and began choking her.

Vero Beach Police officers observed a red mark and minor swelling to the victim’s left arm, and another red mark near her upper chest and lower neck area.

Rivera was then placed under arrest for Battery by Strangulation.

Once at the Indian River County Jail, a white rock-like substance in a small plastic bag was found his Rivera’s shirt pocket. The substance tested positive for cocaine.

Rivera continuously stated that he wanted to show the officer a text message on his phone that would clear him. He gave the officer permission to look through his text messages and found that he wrote, “Guess what and I just bought xoke.”

Apparently, it was the wrong text message, but enough evidence to show that he was bragging about purchasing cocaine. Bond set at $20,000.

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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About Scott Lee
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.