A man was arrested in Melbourne Beach over the weekend on allegations of striking a woman in the face during an argument over the Casey Anthony trial and jumping off a pier into the Indian River to elude police.
Officers were called to the Melbourne Beach pier about 11:55 p.m. Saturday about a fight. At the scene, officers said they tried to make contact with the suspect, 42-year-old Robert Aydin Hakimoglu, who was accused of hitting a woman in the face while he was intoxicated.
Police said Hakimoglu saw officers approaching, so he jumped off the pier and into the Indian River.
The Brevard County Sheriff's Office helicopter, along with Melbourne police, Indiatlantic police and the Melbourne Beach Fire Department, searched the river for two hours but did not locate Hakimoglu, authorities said.
Hakimoglu was later found at his home in the 400 block of Riverside Drive and arrested on charges of resisting arrest without violence, battery, and alcohol ordinance violation, police said.
Hakimoglu was taken to the Brevard County Jail and booked on a $1,250 bond.
Police said the argument started over the Anthony trial. According to officers, Hakimoglu agreed with the jury's decision and said he would like to meet Anthony and "maybe have kids with her."
Anthony, 25, was found not guilty last week in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
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