Man Arrested for Robbery and Battery

A Key West man is facing a felony battery charge after he allegedly stole two bicycles on Sunday

Police were called to the 500 block of White Street around 6 p.m. on Sunday when a witness reported seeing a man punch an elderly man and steal his bike.

The 77 year old victim, Gilbert Jesus Cadiz, told officers that he stopped at the intersection of White and Southard streets when a man approached him, accusing Cadiz of stealing the bike. Cadiz says he’s owned the bike for over 20 years. The man then grabbed a bag of food out of the bike basket, punched Cadiz in the head, and rode off on the bike. A witness on the scene was able to take a photo of the suspect as he rode off.

Within minutes, a second bike was stolen at the Deon’s at Truman and White streets, and Cadiz’s bike was left at the same location. Witnesses at the second bike theft described a similar subject.

A BOLO was issued and another officer spotted a man fitting the description at Higgs Beach. David W. Farmer, 28, was detained until a witness positively identified him as the man who punched Cadiz and stole his bike.

Farmer was transported to the Monroe County Detention Center where he was charged with robbery and felony battery on a person 65 or over.

In the photo: Suspect photographed after witness saw him rob and batter and elderly man.