Bradenton man attacks 2 men in Holmes Beach

A 21-year-old Bradenton man allegedly attacked two men walking from the beach Aug. 11.

According to the police report, Cody Jolly followed a 62-year-old man and a friend back to his Holmes Beach residence after the men watched the sunset at the beach. Jolly is alleged to have approached the men, placing his arm around one of them, which triggered a physical altercation.

When the second man tried to intervene, Jolly allegedly threw a punch, but missed. The victim tried to run, but Jolly is reported to have run him down and took him to the ground. The two men were able to separate from Jolly, who then landed a punch to the face of one of the victims.

The two men ran to the Holmes Beach residence with Jolly following close behind. Two Holmes Beach Police Department officers arrived to find Jolly in the backyard trying to break a fence

One of the officers tried to call him over to talk, at which time Jolly is alleged to have lunged at the officer, hitting him in the chest and knocking him back.

A struggle ensued between the officers and Jolly, according to the report. After several warnings, officers used a stun gun to subdue the 21-year-old.

Jolly faces charges of felony battery on a law enforcement officer and felony resisting arrest and two counts of misdemeanor battery.

Arraignment and bond information was not available as of Islander press time. According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office website, Jolly was able to post bail the day of his arrest.

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