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Florida Man Who Allegedly Slapped His Girlfriend With Cheeseburger and Kicked Her Downstairs Charged With Battery

A Florida man was arrested this month after allegedly slapping his sleeping girlfriend in the face with a cheeseburger and then kicking her downstairs.

Kyle Jamison Jones, 30, was charged with battery and taken to the Martin County Jail after the incident, the Martin County Sheriff's Office confirmed in a statement yesterday. Local media outlet WPLG reported the altercation occurred on May 4, citing an arrest report.

Police deputies were called to Jones’ residence by his partner, who reported the cheeseburger attack and said that her boyfriend had also pulled her hair and kicked her down the stairs.

A motive for the alleged attack was not immediately clear. Jones admitted to a verbal dispute but “refused to say anything about becoming physical with the victim,” police said. Officers noted the victim was “visibly upset” and covered with bits of food when they arrived at the home. 

A statement by the department, published to Facebook, said: “Kyle Jamison Jones wanted it his way. When he didn’t get it, things between him and his girlfriend escalated.”

The suspect has since been released from the county jail on bond. No inmate record is currently listed. The Martin County Sheriff's Office released his mugshot on social media yesterday.

According to Hussein & Webber, a law firm in Florida, simple battery is considered to be a first degree misdemeanor in the state. Upon conviction, it carries a potential sentence of one year in jail or 12 months probation, alongside a $1,000 fine. Felony battery, in comparison, is a third degree felony in Florida which carries maximum penalties of up to 5 years in prison, it said.

In December last year, 57-year-old Floirda man Frank Caponi was arrested on a prostitution charge after offering an undercover police officer a hamburger in exchange for oral sex.

Back in June 2014, Time magazine reported that Florida man Taylor Allen Stephens, 23, had been arrested by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office for hurling a cheeseburger into a pregnant woman’s face and pushing her over after an argument. He was reportedly charged with aggravated battery.

In March 2011, WFLX reported South Florida man Brant Goodwin Stephens, 43, had been hit with a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge after a fast food attack in a Fort Pierce McDonald’s.

In was alleged that Stephens had thrown a cheeseburger toward another person’s vehicle in the drive-thru, but it was not clear what sparked his anger. When identified by police, he allegedly admitted: “I threw a cheeseburger at that [n-word’s] truck. He p***ed me off and if I have to go to jail for it then that's OK.”

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