Manatee Herald Staff Report
Crime highlights for the week of May 23-27
Eating your drugs off a cop car is a crime
A 40-year-old Bradenton man found out the hard way that just because you get a chance to eat your drugs off of a cop car, doesn’t mean you won’t get charged.
According to the Bradenton Police Department, Patrick Cherfils was arrested just before 8 p.m. on May 24 in the 700 block of 17th Avenue West.
Police stopped Cherfils after an arrest warrant was confirmed out of Manatee County on various drug charges.
While being searched, police located a cigar package with MDMA inside, according to the probable cause affidavit. Police say Cherfils spontaneously said, “That’s my molly,” a term used for MDMA.
The baggie was placed on the hood of the BPD car, at which time police say Cherfils leaned over and picked up the baggie with his mouth.
According to the PCA, the officer grabbed Cherfils, demanding he spit out the drugs, but Cherfil exclaimed, “It’s gone bro.”
Cherfils was arrested on the warrant and additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.
No salt on his blackeyed peas leads to assault
Bhakeram Ratibhan, 77, was arrested just before 11 a.m. on May 21 in Bradenton on charges of battering a person over the age of 65.
According to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Ratibhan became angry with the victim because there was no salt on his blackeyed peas.
Deputies say Ratibhan grabbed the victim by the neck and pushed her to the ground.
Ratibhan was booked into the jail and released the following day after posting a $500 bond.
Sleeping mom leaves baby outside
A 23-year-old Palmetto woman is facing a felony child abuse charge after leaving her 19-month-old son outside while she went into her residence to go to sleep.
According to the Palmetto Police Department, Terran Anise Johnson was arrested at her residence on May 21 at about 7:45 p.m.
The child was left on the third floor of the apartment building by the stairs for about 90 minutes, according to the probable cause affidavit.
A neighbor heard the child screaming and crying and notified law enforcement after attending to the care of the child.
Johnson was booked into the Manatee County jail on the charge and released the following day after posting a $1,500 bond.