July 4 fight on the beach sparks arrest

22-year-old Bradenton man was arrested for felony aggravated battery and the use of a deadly weapon July 4 after injuring two men with a glass bottle.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Holmes Beach police responded to a fight at the 77th Street beach access. Upon arrival, several witnesses pointed toward a man screaming and yelling at someone near a golf cart.

Witnesses said Vincent Gangi hit another man in the back of the head with a glass bottle.

According to the report, when the bottle struck the first victim, it broke and shattered into the face of another man standing nearby, causing lacerations that required stitches.

Gangi was placed under arrest and secured in a patrol vehicle while the second victim, holding a bloody rag to his face, was attended to and EMS notified.

Witnesses said Gangi started a fight with the first victim and it was during the altercation that he picked up the bottle and hit the first victim in the head.

Following the striking of the first victim that also injured the second victim, police reported Gangi also suffered injuries when several of the victim’s friends jumped on him. Gangi was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Upon his release, Gangi was transported and booked into the Manatee County jail for felony aggravated battery and felony use of a deadly weapon.

He also had a prior arrest on Jan. 31 for aggravated battery and use of a deadly weapon, and received supervised release. The aggravated battery charge was dropped by the state attorney.

Gangi was released July 6 on bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, July 26, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

One thought on “July 4 fight on the beach sparks arrest

  1. Patrick

    So this guy is released and walking the streets despite two incidents of aggravated battery and use of a deadly weapon…just this year?

    So when he kills someone next month we’ll decry the violence and move to ban some inanimate object (bottles, guns, Strawberry Shortcake stickers, whatever) – “for the children”, of course – instead of face the reality that dangerous animals need to be locked in cages, instead of released into society to harm, and then harm again.

    The State’s Attorney needs to be held to account for dropping charges to make work go faster. Then the judges need to be shamed for letting violent and dangerous people out on bond/bail. Seriously – this guy has started fights and turned to deadly weapons twice in just a few months! Why was he allowed bond?


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