A Florida bar owner hit a customer over the head with a beer bottle during an argument over Saturday’s Packers-Seahawks game. Hours later, the bar owner was found dead at his home.
The LAKELAND LEDGER reports that five people - four teens & a 21-year-old - have been arrested in connection with the beating death of Richard Oaks. One of five taken in was the daughter of the beer bottle victim.
Investigators say Oaks got into a verbal altercation with friend & neighbor Alan Pierce about the game, but no one’s sure what about. Oaks eventually smashed Pierce in the noggin with a brew, and he was taken to a local hospital, where he received 13 stitches for his injury.
While being treated, Pierce called home and told his daughter what happened. She & three friends that were visiting with her all came to the hospital. When they saw & heard what happened, the group apparently “became enraged about the incident” and “vowed to do something about it.”
Meanwhile, Oaks was later taken to his home by a few friends, who say he was fine when they left him. But during the night, the group had picked up a fifth friend who was at the hospital, and took a trip to Oaks’ house. While two girls waited outside, three boys broke into the home and beat Oaks “with their fists and an umbrella.”
When Oaks’ wife arrived home at 4 a.m. after closing the bar, she found her husband dead.
Police have charged Charles Bonfiglio, Cody Scarpa and Brock Winkler with first-degree murder and burglary. The two girls - Pierce’s daughter Alexia and Tiffanie Hemness - were charged with being accessories to a burglary. Since Alan was not involved in the attack, he was not charged.