An off-duty officer in a social establishment allegedly groped a woman and assaulted her husband when he came to her defense.
29-year-old Naci Tuzcuoglu has been an officer with the City of Edgewater Police Department for approximately ten months. According to his superior, he has never been in trouble for his conduct in the field.
Last Sunday, Tuzcuoglu was hanging out at Peanuts Bar and Restaurant in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
The establishment offers its patrons the option of singing karaoke, and a woman began to perform a song.
According to the affidavit, Tuzcuoglu walked up to the woman and placed his hands on her hips without her consent.
The woman reportedly shunned Tuzcuoglu’s alleged advances and let him know that she was married. She walked away from the man and went to find her husband.
When the woman found her husband outside, she informed him of what Tuzcuoglu had allegedly done to her.
Tuzcuoglu reportedly exited Peanuts, and he found the pair talking to one another.
He allegedly approached the couple and struck the woman’s husband in the face multiple times. The man fell backward and ended up landing on a flower pot.
Tuzcuoglu allegedly informed the pair that he is an officer of the law, and said: “what are you going to do about it?” It was asserted that he was using his position to taunt the alleged victim about the improbability of him getting into trouble.
When the authorities arrived, they reported that the alleged victim had a couple of cuts on his face. The man did not require medical treatment.
Despite Tuzcuoglu’s alleged belief that his job would keep him from penalties, he was taken into custody and charged with misdemeanor battery. He was released on a $500 bond and suspended from duty, pending the outcome of the investigation.
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