According to a story on TBO.com, a brawl in Ybor City early Sunday morning led to seven arrests including a woman from Tampa charged with battery. The Tampa Tribune story does not mention what started the fight but it did include one interesting side note that a man who was watching the fight, but not part of the brawl, was arrested for slapping a police horse.
The brawl took place on Seventh Avenue and 18th Street with the first arrest coming at approximately 2:30 a.m. The first person charged was a Massachusetts woman. The 30-year-old was charged with affray. Another Massachusetts woman was arrested on charges of battery, affray, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence.
The fight, which seemed to be between the two women at the start, drew a crowd and eventually more people got involved and more arrests followed. Two Tampa men and another man from Winter Haven were charged with affray. An 18-year-old man from Port Charlotte was arrested for resisting an officer without violence while standing in the middle of the street. He allegedly refused to move when asked to do so by the police.
The oddest part of the whole story was the arrest of a 23-year-old Bradenton man. The Tampa Tribune is reporting Calvin Esaw was not part of the street fight but he slapped a police horse when mounted units arrived on the scene to help break-up the altercation.
The story did not report what type of battery was charged in the case but typically a simple battery charge could carry a Florida jail sentence of up to one year in county and up to a $1000 fine. If the battery is a felony jail sentences can start out at five years. The main distinction between a misdemeanor battery and a felony battery charge is the amount of harm inflicted on the victim.