Walnut Hill Man Charged With Battering His Adult Son In Front Of Deputies

February 19, 2020

A Walnut Hill man is facing charges after allegedly battering his adult son in the presence of deputies and resisting arrest.

Jonathan Paul Kite, 46, was charged with battery domestic violence and resisting an officer..

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported disturbance in the 700 block of North Highway 99. Two of Kite’s adult children said the incident began when one of them refused to allow him to borrow their car.

As deputies talked to the children and Kite, he “aggressively charged” at his adult son, grabbed him around the neck and shoved him, according to an ECSO arrest report. Deputies attempted to subdue Kite and advised him that he was under arrest, but he began to pull away. A deputy was forced to deliver three “empty handed strikes” to Kite’s ribs and back, the report states, before he was placed in handcuffs.

When Kite was searched subsequent to his arrest, deputies reported finding a small plastic bag containing methamphetamine on his person. However, a possession of methamphetamine charge was dropped days after his arrest due to a no probable cause determination, according to court records.

The Department of Children and Families was contacted because an eight-year old child was present during the altercation.

Kite was released from the Escambia County Jail on a $2,000 bond.

Updated to indicate a possession of methamphetamine charge was later dropped.


2 Responses to “Walnut Hill Man Charged With Battering His Adult Son In Front Of Deputies”

  1. Buster on February 19th, 2020 3:23 pm

    Yeah, in the previous article, the man was put under $18000 bond, for drugs. I wonder what the difference is.

  2. alan on February 19th, 2020 12:48 pm

    So again the brave deputies arrest them and the crooked court system lets them out.
    I thought there was no bond on DV.

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