Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office on May 15 was dispatched to Stripes Pub and Grill for a fight involving around 10 people, and members of the Pagan Motorcycle gang were reportedly involved in the brawl.
Later a motorcycle was also torched in the parking lot outside the establishment. Police say the incidents, which took place on different days, are not connected.
According to the police report, Melvin Lorenzo Belden had an altercation with an unknown male who brandished a knife, and Phillip Owen Davis and another person intervened. The report says Belden eventually pushed Davis, who retaliated by punching Belden.
Cops say that’s when a large altercation ensured and multiple people were injured.
Belden, 67, who resides at 1950 Pelican Lane in Navarre, was booked May 21 into Santa Rosa County Jail on a first-degree misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct – affray and a second-degree misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct – brawling/fighting.
His arrest report states that a warrant was issued for his arrest because his actions affected the peace and quiet of individuals at the establishment and that his actions, along with others, resulted in affray and caused violence to spread.
Davis, 38, who resides at 7161 Blue Jack Drive in Navarre, was booked May 21 on a first-degree misdemeanor charge of battery, a first-degree misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct – affray and a second-degree misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct – brawling/fighting.
The owner of an adjacent store told South Santa Rosa News that police viewed the business’ surveillance camera footage but that it did not capture the fire, which took place in the parking lot.
Since the incident, no motorcycle colors displayed on shirts, vests or jackets are allowed in Stripes. A sign also states no cuts, soft cuts, leather vests or related items are allowed in the establishment.