Delray Beach man Patrick Fettes demands vodka bottle at library, police say

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- Patrick Fettes didn't care – he told police he'd rather go to jail than forget about the bottle of vodka he left behind at the crime scene.

It was just after 5 p.m. Friday, closing time at the Delray Beach Public Library. But according to a Delray Beach arrest report, 36-year-old Fettes wasn't ready to leave.

He had been arrested at the library earlier in the day for disorderly intoxication and let go with a trespass warning.

But about 90 minutes later, Fettes, of West Palm Beach, returned to the library with his girlfriend, 27-year-old Jennifer Hayes.

"He was yelling for his vodka bottle back, and the 'stuff that was in his backpack," an officer wrote in the report.

The officer told Fettes he was trespassing, and if he didn't leave, he'd go to jail.

Fettes stepped forward anyway.

"I already told you dude," he yelled at the officer. "I don't care... Take me to jail!"

He demanded the vodka bottle again, getting more and more angry.

The officer tried to escort Fettes and Hayes off library property. But Fettes walked up to the officer with his arms raised in "an airplane motion" and tried to go "nose-to-nose" with the cop, the report says.

The officer pushed Fettes back, creating some distance in a case a fight broke out.

"[Fettes] stiffened and squared his shoulders and approached me again, taking a fighting stance," the officer wrote in the report.

Fettes immediately regretted it.

The officer grabbed Fettes arm and launched him to ground with an armbar takedown.

On the ground, Fettes pulled his hands away from the officer and refused to roll over and accept the handcuffs. The officer then rolled him to his belly, but Fettes was able to get up and try to run.

But the officer crumbled Fettes again with an armbar take-down.

During the struggle, Hayes ran up to the officer, cursing and yelling that Fettes was a victim of police brutality.

The officer ordered her to step away, but in an attempt to roll the cop off her boyfriend, Hayes ran up and kneed him in the left side.

The officer handcuffed Fettes and a back-up officer arrested Hayes.

Hayes posted bond Saturday, but Fettes remained in the Palm Beach County Jail Monday in lieu of $3,000 bond.


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