Drunk, Armed, Belligerent State Trooper Trespassed from Local Bar, Targets Bar Owner with Citations
SPRING HILL – No other profession demands a higher ethical standard than those working in law enforcement, and it is incumbent on the officer to live above reproach, both on and off duty. With law enforcement officers already living in a virtual “fishbowl,” it has become even more imperative that they conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. Those standards have come into question for one Florida Highway Patrol Trooper, after he was trespassed from a local bar for being highly intoxicated and trying to fight with patrons during an incident last Thanksgiving.
The owner of Karma Spirits & Café, Rob Starz, contacted RNRF last November, after he was forced to trespass a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper from his establishment.
According to a Hernando County Sheriff’s Office report. Deputies conducted a security check at Karma, after they noticed a large crowd gathering in the parking lot around closing time.
Hernando County Sheriff’s Sgt. Derik Deso stated in his report that a heated argument was occurring in the parking lot between Florida Highway Patrol Trooper, Joshua Davenport, and several other patrons. Deso asked Davenport to calm down and back away from the crowd but he continued to engage in a verbal altercation, stating “What are you a tough guy, are you gong to hit me?” One of the patrons replied, “You’re a cop, I’m not going to hit you.” Davenport then removed his shirt and stated, “You don’t see a badge on me do you?” Deso intervened and asked Deputy Vincent Mascitelli to escort Davenport away from the scene. Deso also noticed that Davenport was armed with a handgun that was holstered on his hip.
During the investigation, Davenport continued to blow kisses at patrons, in an attempt to instigate an altercation.
Starz asked deputies to trespass Davenport from his bar and he was escorted off the property.
Later that same morning, Davenport contacted the Sheriff’s Office from the Denny’s Restaurant in Spring Hill.
Around 4:00 a.m., Deputies interviewed Davenport but he refused to provide a written statement, and instead, asked a witness to speak on his behalf. Deputies interviewed Davenport’s female companion, Joanna DeJesus, who explained that while they were dancing at Karma, she became involved in a verbal argument with another woman. The dispute escalated to the point of several other patrons getting involved. The argument turned violent, says DeJesus, when one woman threatened her with a beer bottle, and several men tried to punch Davenport but missed. DeJesus also refused to provide a written sworn statement to deputies.
Davenport stated to deputies that he had explained the incident to Deputy Vincent Mascitteli but that “he did nothing about it.” Davenport “jokingly” stated to deputies that “Mascitelli was too busy masturbating to take a report. . .” Mascitelli denies ever having a conversation with Davenport.
Sgt. Deso stated that during his interview with Davenport at Karma, Davenport appeared to be highly intoxicated and made no mention of a crime occurring inside the bar.
At the conclusion of the assault investigation, deputies determined that no crime occurred and the case was subsequently closed.
Starz contacted RNRF again today and advised that Trooper Davenport stopped him in front of his business around closing time this morning. Davenport proceeded to issue Starz citations for not producing a Driver’s License and having a tag light out. It should be noted that Starz’ car has the Karma Logo printed on the back of his vehicle. Starz believes Davenport intentionally waited for him to leave the bar, so that he could ticket him as retribution for bring trespassed.
The Florida Highway Patrol is not commenting on the case at this time but both incidents are under investigation.
We will continue to follow this story and provide updates as they develop.
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