HBPD arrests man after fight

A man found sleeping in a stairwell March 24 turned violent when Holmes Beach police woke him up.

Luke Norris, 31, of Bradenton, was arrested for obstructing a police officer and disorderly intoxication in the 6000 block of Gulf Drive.

Sgt. Mike Pilato attempted to wake Norris at about 7 a.m., when he became combative with Pilato and Officer Joel Pierce, according to HBPD reports.

Pierce reported the man was extremely intoxicated and raised his fists, threatening to beat the officers.

Pierce wrestled Norris to the ground, Pilato attempted to pin him down and Officer Chip Frappier assisted Pierce with handcuffs, while requesting backup.

Norris was subsequently handcuffed, arrested and taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton before being transported and booked at the Manatee County jail. He was released on a $1,620 bond.

Norris also was arrested in October 2016 in Bradenton Beach and charged with two counts of battery on an officer and resisting arrest.

Court records indicate his supervised release was revoked March 30 and his arrest and commitment ordered that day. An April 20 case management date is on the docket in Norris’ Bradenton Beach case.

His court arraignment in the Holmes Beach case is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, April 28.

Proceedings are held at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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