Suspect: Alleged victims 'haters' mad about his 'way with the ladies'

Aug. 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM
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FORT PIERCE, Fla., Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a man accused of threatening people with a knife told officers those who reported him were "haters" jealous of his "way with the ladies."

Fort Piece police said officers responded July 27 to a report of a man with a knife threatening customers at the Cobb's Landing restaurant in Fort Pierce, reported Wednesday.

A manager at the restaurant told officers Robert Rock, 50, had been shouting at customers and the manager saw the man pull a knife and threaten to kill a patron.

Rock, who hails from Linden, N.J., initially refused to speak to officers.

"He then began saying he didn`t do anything wrong, the people who were complaining on him were just haters because he had a way with the ladies and they should be arrested, not him," the police report states. "Then he stated he would use the Zimmerman defense because he was streetwise and he knew how to work the system."

A man told officers he came to the restaurant to pick up his wife, who was attending a baby shower, and he witnessed Rock harassing several of the women at the shower and refusing their requests to leave them alone. The man said Rock eventually drew a knife and threatened to kill members of the group.

Rock was taken to the St. Lucie County jail on a charge of aggravated assault.

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