Suspect already on probation arrested for assaulting man outside sports bar

April 29th, 2015 by Staff

Capote, 21, is being held without bond on a violation of probation charge.

(BTLS Staff) PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – A 21-year-old Charlotte County man already on probation was arrested Tuesday on robbery charges.

Robert Damien Capote is being held without bond at the Charlotte County Jail. He was also hit with a violation of probation charge.

According to a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office report deputies were dispatched to Boomer’s Sports Bar in the 2300 block of Tamiami Trail just before 2 am Monday.

When they arrived they found an injured man, barely conscious, bleeding in the parking lot of the establishment. Employees from the restaurant told investigators they overheard a frequent customer offering the injured man a ride.

The customer was later identified as Capote.

CCSO detectives were called to the scene to review Boomer’s surveillance video. On the tape they observed the injured man talking with the suspect outside the business.

Both men came back inside as the injured man was seen walking over to an ATM machine. Capote and the man are later observed leaving and walking towards a white Nissan in the parking lot.

The incident report states Capote is seen on tape punching the injured man, which caused him to fall backward. He struck his head and appears to go unconscious.

The suspect is observed leaning over the fallen man for a short time before assisting him over to a nearby bench. When investigators spoke to the unidentified man at the hospital he confirmed he got some money from the ATM machine in order to get a ride home.

The victim was unable to locate the cash in his possessions. Detectives tracked Capote to his Port Charlotte residence where they found a white Nissan with what appeared to be blood on it.

The vehicle was parked in the driveway of the suspect’s home. During their investigation detectives discovered that Capote was already on probation for a 2014 assault and trespassing conviction.

He was arrested and booked into the jail. Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

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