CRIME
10/01/2014 05:57 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Applebee's Customer Mikie Sawyer Punches 80-year-old Who Complained About Cursing

Volusia County Branch Jail

A Florida man faces a battery charge after allegedly punching an 80-year-old man who asked him to stop cursing in an Applebee's.

Mikie Sawyer, 26, was arrested Sunday night after allegedly attacking Harry Sander, 80, at the Port Orange franchise of the chain restaurant.

Sander told police that he heard Sawyer "talking obscenities" at the bar, according to the Smoking Gun.

The alleged victim said he politely asked the suspect "If he could please stop using the ‘F’ word and stop talking so loud about ‘titties and ass,’” according to the police report.

Sander then leaned in close to Sawyer and said, “In my Germany you don’t speak in such a manner.”

Sawyer allegedly responded to Sander by saying, “I don’t care where you are from, whether it be Russia or Dutch,” the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

Sawyer then told Sander to go back to the other side of the bar, but Sander didn't move.

That's when the suspect allegedly punched the octogenarian in the face and pushed him backward so that the victim hit a table and then the floor, according to the newspaper.

Witnesses supposedly backed up Sander's claim.

Sawyer left the restaurant before police arrived but was pulled over a short time later.

Although Sawyer told police that Sander actually punched him, the police report noted that the suspect had no bruising on his face. He did have discolored and bruised knuckles and fingers, according to ClickOrlando.com.

Sawyer was charged with battery on a person over 65 years of age and disorderly conduct and booked at the Volusia County Branch Jail. He was later released on a $2,500 bond.

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