Police Respond to Two Domestic Disputes Resulting in Arrests

Sanibel Police responded to a domestic dispute at 1:53 a.m. Friday, July 26, at Loggerhead Cay condominium complex, 979 E. Gulf Dr. Fifty-four-year-old Christopher DePalma was arrested and charged with aggravated assault without intent to kill after waving an unloaded 9mm handgun during an argument with a female victim.

DePalma, of Pompano Beach, Fla., was reportedly intoxicated when a “heated argument about his excessive drinking habit” escalated to him retrieving the gun from the master bedroom. DePalma told police he “waved it at (the victim) in an attempt to scare her and make her shut up.” He was booked into the Lee County Jail and released Saturday, July 27, on a $10,000 bond.

Police responded to a second domestic dispute involving alcohol Monday, July 29, at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, 1451 Middle Gulf Dr. Kyle Murrin, 36, Brick, N.J., was arrested and charged with three counts of battery after he became belligerent with a female victim and two resort employees.

Murrin was reportedly intoxicated during an argument in which he allegedly assaulted the victim. A resort security guard was later escorting the victim to the parking lot to retrieve her luggage, when Murrin became aggressive toward them and the guard tackled him to the ground. A second resort security guard received a bite wound to the hand while helping restrain Murrin until police arrived on the scene. Murrin was booked into the Lee County Jail and released Tuesday, July 30, on a $6,000 bond.

Police responded to minor vehicle crash on Monday, July 22, in the parking lot of Gene’s Books, 2365 Periwinkle Way. Clyde Austin, 76, Kinston, N.C., was backing out of a parking space when his vehicle struck the parked vehicle of Sharon Johnston, 67, Louisville, Ky.

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