Woman arrested at Rod & Reel Pier

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A Rod & Reel Pier patron upset about kids doing drugs on the pier and how her complaint was handled by the restaurant staff was arrested for punching a restaurant server.

Jessica Nunemaker, 28, was arrested Feb. 25 by Holmes Beach police officers, who were called to the restaurant at 875 N. Shore Drive in Anna Maria, according to police reports.

Rod & Reel employees called 911 and told the dispatcher no medical attention was needed at the scene.

HBPD Officers Christine LaBranche, Tom Fraser and Alan Desantis were dispatched at 10:18 p.m. and found Nunemaker sitting on a pier bench.

Witnesses told police Nunemaker pushed a person on the pier before twice punching a restaurant server in the face in the inside dining area.

Desantis’ report states Nunemaker “appeared to be heavily intoxicated and hysterical” and allegedly admitted she’d “hit someone.”

Officers reported a red mark above the server’s jaw bone.

“I was leaving work when she came up to another customer and started getting rowdy with him. We separated her from the customer and tried to hold her down,” server Adina Vasquez of Bradenton wrote in an affidavit.

“That was when she punched me on my chin. People grabbed her and tried to restrain her when she hit me again,” Vasquez’ affidavit continued.

Nunemaker allegedly told police she was drinking and fishing with her family and got “very angry” after observing young people doing drugs.

She told Desantis she had reported her observations to Vasquez and struck her because she didn’t like the server’s response.

After reading Nunemaker her Miranda rights, Desantis asked her to tell him again what happened and why she hit the server.

According to Desantis’ report, “She stated again, she got really upset because of the kids doing drugs on the pier” and added, “the victim was being an (expletive deleted) to her.”

David Cochran, restaurant general manager, witnessed the battery and asked for a trespass warning, according to the police reports. He described Nunemaker as “out of control” in an affidavit.

She was transported to the Manatee County jail, posted a $500 bond and was released.

Nunemaker’s court arraignment is set for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, in the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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