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Updated: 08/24/2013 08:02:46AM

Argument with wife leads to multiple charges

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Garrett Emory Kikta was charged on Aug. 12 with domestic violence, probation violation and giving a false name to a law enforcement officer, Bartow Police reported.

In separate incidents but on the same call, Kikta was also charged with driving a car with knowledge that his license was suspended and fugitive from justice.

Kikta, 32, address deleted, was booked into the Polk County Jail on those charges, police report.

Kikta and his wife, Jennifer, were in a verbal argument and during the fight after they’d gotten into a Ford F-250 pickup, he allegedly grabbed his wife by the arm, pulling her across the front seat. He then pushed his wife to ground, police reported. Officers noticed a red mark on her left arm but she said she did not need medical attention.

After the argument, Garrett got into the driver’s seat and Jennifer climbed into the truck’s bed and they drove away.

A witness told officers the couple wasn’t home when they arrived, but soon after they showed. When Garrett was asked for his name, he said it was Alex Kikta and gave a date of birth that was not his, police reported. He was asked again what his real name was and when police checked the Polk County Sheriff’s Office website to find out who he was he finally told officers his real name. It was discovered that there was warrant from the Hot Springs Sheriff’s Office and he was in violation of probation for burglary. The warrant and extradition was confirmed via teletype and another check revealed Garrett was in violation of a protective injunction order from being in contact with his wife. Officers also found Garrett was operating a vehicle knowing that his driver’s license was suspended for failure to to comply with a traffic summons, police reported.

He was booked into the Polk County Jail.

Man charged
with stealing car

When Christopher Alan McNeal asked Jahmela Carmichael if he could borrow her rented car and she declined, he did so anyway. It resulted in him being charged with grand theft, the Bartow Police Department reported.

McNeal, 22, of 475 S. 9th St., asked Carmichael on Aug. 10 if he could borrow the rented Hyundai. When she refused he went back to cleaning it, police reported. Upset at her refusal, McNeal went into the car took the keys from the console and drove away, police reported. Carmichael followed McNeal to 405 East Ave. and saw him get out of the car and enter the house. The owner of the house was notified of McNeal’s arrival there and when she arrived, McNeal left the house with the car’s keys in his hand, police reported. It was there McNeal was arrested.

Man runs, tasered and cocaine found on him

A Mulberry man was charged on Aug. 10 with possession of 1.6 grams of cocaine after officers had to chase him down and taser him twice, the Bartow Police Department reports.

Ammons Marqus Brenton, 31, of 3430 Wren Lane, Mulberry, was pulled over at 10:15 p.m. while riding his Roadmaster bicycle on East Wabash Street because it didn’t have a light on it, police reported. When Brenton said it was OK for police to do a pat down, the officer felt what appeared to be a can in his pocket. It was a Copenhagen tobacco can and when the officer asked him to open it, Brenton refused to do so, police reported. That’s when Brenton fled on foot and was chased by Officer John Zorn on foot and another officer in a patrol car.

When Zorn demanded for Brenton to stop or he’d be tasered, Brenton kept trying to escape, police reported. At one point, Zorn tried to taser the defendant but didn’t make full contact and it didn’t knock him to the ground. At another point when Zorn made contact with Brenton he struck him again with the taser and Brenton fell to the ground.

Brenton still resisted the officer by refusing to show his hands and he tried to pull away, police reported. Because of this, Zorn again stunned him and was able to arrest him.

During a search, a bag of cocaine was found in his pocket while Officer Michelle Smith and her K9 Hasj searched for the Copenhagen container. When it was found there were crack rocks found in it, police reported.

Brenton was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of paraphernalia and resisting arrest without violence, police report.

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