After a brief foot chase, Key West police arrested a Port Charlotte man who allegedly beat and kicked a Duval Street motorcyclist early Thursday morning. It was 2:09 a.m. and the victim had just called on his cellphone for help from Key West Police Officer Gary Lovette, who was nearby on foot patrol.
The victim was bleeding profusely from the face when Lovette arrived at the 200 block of Duval Street. The 30-year-old Key West man said he was riding his motorcycle on Duval Street when a man, later identified as Jacob Desmond Jenkins, 19, made comments about the victim and his girlfriend. Jenkins said he pulled his bike over and argued briefly with Jenkins and another man. Then Jenkins suddenly hit him in the face, he said.
He told Lovette he got off his bike, they argued, and Jenkins and another man, who fled the scene, beat him to the ground. Witnesses said the two kicked the victim while he was on the ground, stopping briefly when the victim called Lovette for help. Then they attacked him again and ran off toward Caroline Street.
When police arrived, the crowd pointed to Jenkins leaving on Caroline Street. Officer Dave Hall saw Jenkins and chased him on foot to Whitehead Street. Lovette drove his patrol car around to Eaton Street to intercept Jenkins and saw him run into a bank’s parking lot. He drove into the parking lot, but Jenkins saw him and ran back toward Whitehead Street where Hall tackled him. Lovette handcuffed Jenkins as he struggled with Hall. Lovette charged Jenkins with felony battery, resisting an officer with violence and resisting an officer without violence.
An ambulance took the victim to Lower Keys Medical Center hospital with a cut above his nose, difficulty breathing and severe pain in his ribs.