BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Kaleb Mason Wiswall, 20, a student at the University of Florida, was arrested late last night and charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm and disorderly intoxication after he allegedly got into a physical struggle with a bar employee that led to the employee falling down the stairs and suffering a dislocated shoulder, along with other injuries.
The victim, a manager at the bar on University Avenue, told a Gainesville Police Department officer that he went into the men’s restroom and noticed that Wiswall was in one of the stalls with his girlfriend. He said he suspected they were consuming cocaine and asked them to leave the bar. The victim said that while walking Wiswall out of the bar, he tried to take Wiswall’s wristband, which is company policy when a customer is asked to leave. The victim reportedly said that Wiswall hit him, and during the ensuing struggle, Wiswall allegedly pushed the victim down the stairs. The officer wrote that while the victim was lying on the stairs, Wiswall lost his balance and fell, landing on the victim’s neck. The victim reportedly suffered a dislocated shoulder and a dislocated finger and had bruises in multiple locations.
Post Miranda, Wiswall reportedly said he was in the bathroom with his girlfriend because she was fixing her makeup. He said he heard a loud banging on the stall, then a bouncer pulled him out by his arm. Wiswall reportedly said he was trying to pull free of the bouncer and then fell down the stairs, at which point he said another bouncer pushed him, and he fell on the victim.
Wiswall has been charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm and disorderly intoxication. He was previously arrested in July for allegedly hitting a bouncer and entered into a pre-trial diversion agreement in August that promised dismissal of the charges if he refrained from violating the law for six months. Judge Susan Miller-Jones set bail at $20,000.
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