Suspect, 18, Accused of Battering a 71-Year-Old Employee at CVS Over a Phone Charger
FlaglerLive | February 17, 2014
Dakota S. Walls, an 18-year-old resident of 18 Union Mill Place in Palm Coast, is at the Flagler County jail Monday, on a charge of battery on a person older than 65, a third-degree felony, following a confrontation at CVS pharmacy on Palm Coast Parkway early Friday morning (Feb. 14).
According to an 18-year-old woman and neighbor of Walls’s who spoke with police the morning of the incident, Walls called her and asked her to give him a drive to the F Section after he had crashed his mother’s Kia on Seminole Woods Parkway near Universal Trail. Sheriff’s deputies later verified that the car had, in fact, been crashed.
As the woman was driving Walls to the F Section, he asked that she stop at the CVS so he could buy a phone charger. The woman gave Walls $20 and waited in the car.
That morning Wayne Ross, 71, was working at CVS. He told a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy that he saw Walls trying to steal a phone charger by prying it out of its packaging, according to Walls’s arrest report. Ross approached Walls and asked him to return the charger, which Walls did, before offering to pay for the merchandise. Walls then left the store and got back into the car, where the woman was waiting for him. Walls, according to the woman, told her that “the guy” had taken his money, but when she questioned Walls as to how that had been possible, Walls said, “hold on,” and went back to the store.
Walls returned to Walls saying he had $20 to pay for the charger. Ross scanned the item and told Walls that it was $16.05.
At that point, Walls, according to Ross, got angry, and told Ross to “give me back my motherfucking money.” Ross told Walls that he never gave him any money. Walls repeated the obscenity. Surveillance camera footage would later show “absolutely no exchange of currency” as Walls and Ross exchanged words near the cash register, according to the arrest report.
Ross then told Walls that he would be calling police so the issue could be resolved civilly. Walls then left the store again and went back to the car, where he told the woman, “this guy is really trying me.”
Ross came out of the store and told the woman at the wheel of the car to wait so he could contact police to help straighten out the issue. Walls again exited the car and confronted Ross, according to the report, repeating again the obscenity about the money. When Ross again said that no money had been exchanged, Walls, according to Ross, cursed and struck him in the left side of the face with a closed fist. Ross then staggered back into the store, with a 2-inch laceration to his left ear and what would soon turn into a bruised and swollen left side of the face.
Walls then shouted at the woman to drive away, but the woman instead locked the car doors and went to check on Ross’s wellbeing, according to the report. The physical altercation was not caught on surveillance footage, as it had taken place outside the store.
Walls left the scene, but at 2:15, a deputy found a man matching Walls’s description directly across the street from CVS. “I approached the subject and saw that his right hand was covered in blood,” the deputy relates in the arrest report. “I then detained the subject in handcuffs.” Walls was arrested and charged with battery on a person over 65. He remains at the Flagler County jail on $2,000 bond.
In a separate, unrelated incident the following day (Feb. 15) around noon, Karen Breen, a 51-year-old resident of Medford Drive in Palm Coast, was arrested and charged on a similar charge—battery on a person over 65—after committing the alleged offense against her parents and in front of a Flagler County Sheriff’s deputy.
The deputy, Nancy Malheiros, was dispatched to the home of Joseph Kirchner, 85, and his wife, Joyce Kirchner, 72, following a verbal altercation between the parents and their daughter. Breen had been staying at her parents’ house. But the parents told the deputy that they were in the process of evicting her. The deputy told them that law enforcement could not evict an individual absent the proper documentation.
As the deputy was speaking with the parents, Breen came out of her room and asked if she could go to the kitchen. The deputy told her to wait until she was finished speaking with the parents. Soon, Malheiros told Breen that it was OK to go to the kitchen, but the deputy advised Breen to do her best to be respectful and avoid any more altercations.
Malheiros and Breen’s parents were speaking in the living room when Breen entered the kitchen and an argument erupted, according to the police report. As Breen was leaving the kitchen, the report states, she “walked in between Joseph and Karen, bumping them from behind simultaneously, almost causing the both of them to fall to the ground.”
The deputy immediately placed Breen under arrest and charged her with aggravated battery on a person over 65. Breen remained at the jail on Monday, on $2,000 bond.