Police: Palm Bay pair confronted bullies with hammer

Police: Palm Bay pair confronted bullies with hammer

A man and woman who Palm Bay police said threatened to beat three juveniles with a hammer and wrench in response to a child’s claims of being bullied and followed home from school, were arrested.
Matthew Lee Watkins, 34 of Palm Bay, and Kaylee Bender, 25 of Melbourne, were charged with aggravated assault after Palm Bay police were called to investigate a disturbance involving the pair and the students. Bender and Watkins were booked into the Brevard County Jail the same day, and each posted $5,000 bail.

Police said Watkins and Bender got into the confrontation with the three juveniles at the intersection of Jupiter Blvd. and Alesio Ave. after Watkins’ daughter came home from school and told him that another child at school was bullying her and that she had been followed home.

At that point, according to police reports, Watkins and Bender armed themselves, with Watkins grabbing a wrench and Bender taking a hammer. Both Watkins and Bender approached the child, accompanied by two other students and physically threatened all three.

“All three said they reasonably believed that violence was imminent, and had it not been for some adult witness that intervened, they would have been assaulted,” the officer wrote in the arrest report following an investigation.

According to the police, Watkins and Bender left the scene when they were told officers were coming.

Both Watkins and Bender walked to Watkins’ home before police arrived, and Bender threw her hammer into high grass along the way, according to police reports.

Police said they met Watkins and Bender at Watkins’ home.

Police said Bender initially denied involvement in the fight with juveniles and that she denied ever having a hammer. According to police, the hammer was discovered a short distance from the home. A court date has not been set.

Contact Kowarski at 321-242-3640 or ikowarski@floridatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @Ilana Kowarski

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