Two men and a woman, all from Bradenton, were arrested Sept. 5 on misdemeanor battery charges after fighting in the parking lot of D.Coy Ducks Tavern, 5410 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Troy Lantz, 41, of 4707 Coral Blvd., Bradenton, also faces a charge of felony possession of cocaine.
Lantz, a 45-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman engaged two other men and a woman in a verbal argument while at the bar, according to the probable cause affidavit.
A bystander alleged he punched one victim in an attempt to break up the argument. The female victim took out her cell phone to call 911, at which time the bystander’s wife is alleged to have hit her, knocking the phone to the ground and bruising the victim’s temple.
Lantz then apparently grabbed the phone and put it in his pocket. Holmes Beach Police Department officers arrived and ordered Lantz to return the woman’s phone.
As he pulled the phone out of his pocket, a bag of white powder, stuck to the back of the phone, fell out. Police measured the powder at 2.4 grams and the substance field-tested positive for cocaine.
The man and woman bystanders involved in the fight were arrested on misdemeanor battery charges.
Lantz faces charges of misdemeanor battery and felony possession of a controlled substance. He was held on a total of $1,750 bond.
All three suspects were scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Oct. 5.