Deputies in Florida say they have arrested a man for slapping his girlfriend with a cheeseburger.
“30-year year Kyle Jamison Jones wanted it his way,” wrote Martin County Sheriff’s Office in a statement on Facebook on May 14. “When he didn’t get it, things between him and his girlfriend escalated.”
Jones’s live-in girlfriend, who is not named in the report, said that he had abruptly woken her up by slapping her in the face with a cheeseburger, according to the sheriff’s office.
Jones then allegedly pulled her hair and kicked her down the stairs.
“When deputies arrived, the victim was visibly upset and covered with particles of the food item.”
Jones admitted only to a verbal dispute, according to deputies, and refused to say anything about becoming physical.
Jones was charged with battery and taken to the Martin County Jail. There are currently no details available on his bail.
Under Florida state law, The offense of battery is defined as when a person: 1. Actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other; or 2. Intentionally causes bodily harm to another person.”
The crime of battery in the state of Florida carries a penalty of up to one year in jail or 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine.
A String of Food Attacks
Earlier this year, Florida deputies in Pasco County had been left confounded by a string of domestic food attack cases, reported Patch, with cookies, frozen pork chops, and pizzas being weaponized in the heat of the moment.
Deputies say the reason could be simply that many arguments start in the kitchen, where food items are at hand.
A Florida man was arrested on Jan. 3 when he allegedly attacked his father by throwing pizza at him after learning his father helped deliver him at birth, according to reports.
Police arrived at Robert Houston’s home in Holiday, Florida, discovering a slice of pizza on a chair along with tomato sauce and cheese splattered inside the residence, WFLA reported.
The man’s father told officials that he was coming home from walking his dogs when his son picked up the pizza from a delivery man. Then Houston held his father down, yelled at him, and shoved the pizza in his face, according to police, WTSP reported.
Deputies arrested a woman in Spring Hill on Jan. 29 after her husband accused her of throwing a pan of food at him, before she used it to hit him in the face five or six times, according to Patch.
The side of his face was left swollen and bruised, according to deputies.
A few days later another Pasco County woman was accused by her boyfriend of throwing a frozen pork chop at him during an argument, causing a half-inch cut.
Statistically, women are more likely to be on the receiving end of domestic violence than men.
“One in 4 women and 1 in 9 men experience severe intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner contact sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking,” according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).
“On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.”
According to NCADV, intimate partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crimes.
Women aged between 18 and 24 are most likely to be abused by an intimate partner.