Man arrested claims he was saving beach | Crime
VILANO BEACH, Fla. – A St. Augustine man is being charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly riding around on a bike, with a gun, claiming he was going to, “save the beach.”
Deputies were dispatched to Vilano Beach after receiving calls about a man waiving a handgun in the air saying he was going to save the beach. The suspect, Michael James Lee, 41, was spotted by deputies on his bike at the intersection of Sherwood Avenue and First Street, according to a report from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the report, once Lee was told by a responding deputy to show him his hands, Lee responded, “Oh [expletive], I’m sorry, it’s fake, plastic, don’t shoot me.” Lee was unable to provide deputies with a reasonable explanation for his actions, but stated, “he needed to be arrested and carrying the gun around was a stupid thing to do.”
Lee was transported to the St. Johns County Jail and is currently being held on $500 bond.