Police: Man attacked wife with Cheez-It snacks over Earth Day concert

Palm Bay man charged with battery, violation of injunction


PALM BAY, Fla. – Police arrested a Central Florida man who they say attacked his wife with a box of snack crackers because he was upset she attended an Earth Day concert.

Andy Gatz, 37, of Palm Bay, was arrested and charged with battery and violation of an injunction after police said he threw a box of Cheez-It crackers at his wife, injuring her eye.

Police said Gatz was under a court injunction to not have any contact with his wife. He became angry at his wife on Monday after she attended an Earth Day concert in Orlando, police said.

Gatz told police he only threw a cracker at the woman, not the whole box. He turned himself in to authorities after running away from the home, on Rhine Road.

The wife was treated at the emergency room, according to police.

Gatz will have a May 8 court hearing on the charges.