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Date of Issue: January 25, 2009

Holmes Beach man arrested on firearm, drug charges

James Henry Royals

Holmes Beach police arrested James Henry Royals, 54, of Holmes Beach, Jan. 12 after he threatened another customer in a bar.

Police were called to the Anchor Inn, 3007 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, at 2:45 a.m. after Royals “allegedly told an unnamed victim he was going to shoot someone and asked the victim if he wanted to get shot,” according to a police report.

“The victim was in fear for his life and ran from the scene, along with two other witnesses,” according to police officers Joel Pierce and Steve Wolff. They found Royals at the bar with a locked box in his possession, on his lap. Upon opening the locked box, they found a fully loaded .380-caliber Jennings semi-automatic handgun, along with prescription drugs: Diazepam, Oxycodone and Xanax.

Royals did not have a prescription for any of the drugs, according to officers.

He was given a breathalyzer test for alcohol, which registered .119. The legal limit in Florida is .08.

Royals was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, use of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.

He was taken to the Manatee County jail.

Mike Quinn, publisher of, contributed to this story.