PUNTA GORDA, Toledo, Thurs. Apr. 12, 2018– Police are seeking Leray Simon, 27, a resident of Punta Gorda Town, for assaulting a police officer. When he appeared on local television last night, Simon, who has a badly bruised eye, accused police of beating him.
Simon said he was celebrating with friends and teammates after their victory in a football game on Sunday in Punta Gorda, when police arrested him and subjected him to a beating.
Police, for their part, say that Simon’s account of what happened is untrue. They say that Simon had taken his son without permission from his baby’s mother, who is a Woman Police Constable (WPC) whose name was not disclosed, and she had called police and requested that officers go to her home to arrest him. She also accused Simon of damaging her cellphone.
Police say that when they took Simon to the police station, he grabbed PC Gilroy Ramirez and caused a wound to his hand. This injury was classified by a doctor at the Punta Gorda Community Hospital as harm, say police.
Police say that a struggle then ensued, during which Simon fell and his face was hurt.
Simon claimed that police refused to give him a medico-legal form, but police say that he was issued a form but he refused treatment at the hospital, and a Refusal of Treatment Form was made, which police circulated.
Punta Gorda police told us this evening that they are looking for Leray Simon.
Senior Superintendent Alford Grinage, the Southern Regional commander, said that police from Independence will be called in to investigate Simon’s claim that police mistreated him.