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Melbourne man steals doughnuts, spits in clerk's face, police say

Man held at Brevard County Jail

Eugene Wendell Holmes
Eugene Wendell Holmes

MELBOURNE, Fla. – A 42-year-old Melbourne man faces robbery charges after police said he ate several doughnuts in a convenience store, then threatened the clerk, spit in her face and snatched her cellphone after she demanded payment for the pastries.

News 6 partner Florida Today reports Eugene Wendell Holmes was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, theft and tampering with a witness after Melbourne police were called Thursday to the 7-Eleven store on Babcock Street to investigate reports of a possible heist.

Holmes was being held on a $106,000 bond at the Brevard County Jail Complex in Sharpes.

The clerk told officers that Holmes walked into the store earlier, opened up the doughnut case, took out a pastry and began to munch on it without paying. Holmes, described by police as having several gold teeth, argued with the clerk then took another pastry and began to eat on it. The clerk then grabbed her phone and started calling 911 for help, reports say.

Holmes pulled out an ice pick and told the clerk that she would get stabbed if she didn’t pass over the phone, and the clerk complied.

Holmes walked outside, turned back and spit in the woman’s face after she followed him, reports say. Police arrived and said they found Holmes within minutes with an ice pick in his right pocket.