Man ‘bugs out’ at carwash

Charlotte Sun (Port Charlotte, FL) – Thursday, May 16, 2013


CHARLOTTE HARBOR — A Palmetto man was arrested Tuesday at a local car wash after he allegedly started an altercation with employees when they couldn’t get the bugs off his pickup, according to a Charlotte County Sheriff’s report.

Thomas Marion Murray Jr., 45, was charged with two counts of battery after allegedly starting a disturbance at the Touch of Class Car Wash on the 4700 block of Tamiami Trail.

Murray told deputies he paid $35 for the wash and bug-removal treatment, but the vehicle was not free of bugs after it was washed. Murray reportedly said he requested that his pickup be cleaned two more times, and still was not satisfied.

A manager told Murray there was nothing more staff could do and asked him to leave the property, the report states. Murray refused, and then got into a heated argument with the manager, according to the report.

The argument got physical when Murray allegedly ‘bowed up’ to the manager, chest-bumping him and poking him with his finger.

At that time, other employees at the car wash reportedly became involved, stepping between the two to break up the fight. Murray pushed one of them and grabbed another by the throat, the report shows. Several employees finally pushed Murray into a Christmas palm in the waiting area, which ended the altercation.

Murray reported the incident to deputies around noon, saying he had been punched in the chest by a car wash employee, according to the report.

The deputy determined Murray was the primary aggressor and arrested him. The report noted that while taking inventory of Murray’s pickup, the deputy found a Colt .380 semiautomatic handgun and 11 rounds of ammunition.

Murray was taken to the Charlotte County Jail, where he was released Wednesday after posting $3,000 bond.

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