Police say man threw fan at teen for not looking enough like him
Published: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 9:17 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 9:17 a.m.
A man threw a 4-foot-tall floor fan at a 14-year-old boy with enough force to smash it to pieces on Sunday because he didn’t think the teen looked enough like him to be his son, according to a report.
Although a protective order was filed against 36-year-old Alexander Arroyo in Brooklyn in 2009 forbidding him from any contact with the teen, his mother and three other persons until October 2014, the teen’s mother told Gainesville Police that Arroyo tracked her down in early July.
The woman told police she allowed Arroyo to stay in her home because she felt sorry for him, but she eventually gave him some money and told him to leave.
Arroyo travelled to Iowa for a few weeks then returned, telling the woman he “did not like it in Iowa,’’ according to the GPD report.
Arroyo has been staying with the family since then. The woman told police she did not try to get him to leave again because he threatened her and she was afraid.
When GPD officers arrived on the scene after the fan-throwing incident on Sunday, Arroyo initially denied any argument took place and feigned confusion as to why they were present. He later admitted to arguing with the teen because he didn’t think the boy looked enough like him to be his child. He said he threw the fan to the side, not at the boy.
Arroyo was arrested on charges of child abuse and violation of a domestic violence injunction. He was being held at the Alachua County jail on Monday on a $75,000 bond.