When the wife of a Florida man was allegedly struck as her husband attempted to hit her with a Pop Tart the authorities deemed it an act of criminal domestic violence.
36-year-old Brandon Sutherland is a disabled veteran who lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, with his 29-year-old wife.
Around 10:00 pm on December 15, Sutherland and his spouse reportedly got into an argument that escalated to the point where the man allegedly became rather frustrated.
While wielding a Pop Tart, Sutherland, who was standing near his wife at the time, allegedly heaved the pastry in the direction of her head. The Pop Tart did not make contact with his wife, but the momentum from the pitch allegedly caused his hand to strike her arm.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department dispatched a deputy to the home, and when he inspected the scene he reported that there were remnants of the broken baked good laying on the floor.
The deputy also noted that he believed Sutherland’s wife was bearing a reddened spot upon the arm her husband allegedly hit.
When he talked to the authorities about what reportedly transpired, Sutherland allegedly confirmed that the accusations made against him were accurate.
Sutherland, who was accused but not charged in early 2018 for a different claim of battery against the woman, who he was not married to at that time, was taken into custody for the new allegations.
He was booked into the Pinellas County jail, and Sutherland is facing charges for suspicion of domestic battery.
Upon his release the following day, Sutherland was court-ordered against having any contact with his wife as a result of the incident.
If you or someone you love is suspected of a domestic violence crime, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.