Lakeview: Tow truck driver pelted with chairs, threatened with “purported pistol”

Left to right: Jeremy Dewitte, a police car, a chair, a tow truck, and a police officer. | CPD; Provided

 A Florida sex offender is charged with unleashing a torrent of lawn chairs from an apartment balcony in an effort to stop a private towing service from taking a car in Lakeview on Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Jeremy Dewitte, 39, threw four chairs from a fourth-floor deck onto a tow truck that was hooking up a vehicle below him in the 3200 block of North Wilton around 4 p.m.  Dewitte reportedly went down to the parking lot and then threw one of the previously-tossed chairs at the tow driver again. He missed, police said.

The chairs damaged the tow truck and Dewitte then threatened to come downstairs with a pistol, police said.

Dewitte is charged with misdemeanor simple assault, aggravated assault-deadly weapon, and criminal damage to property. He was released on a recognizance bond.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Dewitte was sentenced to four years in prison for lewd or lascivious battery by having sex with a victim between the ages of 12 and 15. He was released in 2011.

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