Villager arrested at swimming pool after allegedly striking woman

A Villager was arrested Thursday night at the Pinellas Neighborhood Pool after an altercation with a woman.

Frank Festo

Frank Festo

Sumter County sheriff’s deputies were called at about 8 p.m. to the pool where 61-year-old Frank Festo of the Village of Hillsborough was arrested on a charge of battery.

Festo and a female companion had been traveling in a vehicle when an argument began and Festo, who was driving the vehicle, threatened her, according to an arrest report.

She said that while they were still in the vehicle, Festo punched her in the face. She said she struck back at him in self-defense.

When a deputy arrived on the scene, the woman was lying on a lawn chair at the pool and Festo was “stumbling” out of the pool and yelling at the woman, the report indicated. Festo immediately became “confrontational” with the deputy.

Festo initially said the altercation had been purely verbal, but later said the woman had hit him. At one point, Festo admitted the woman’s version of the story was true.

The report noted the woman was intoxicated.

Festo was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center on $1,500 bond.




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  1. James Radatz says

    Booze and hot-heads don’t mix. As we progress in age, our tolerance levels decrease. My suggestion, drink much less or drink away from others. i/e drink in front of the T.V. during the lop sided news, so that you will have a reason to get irritated,

  2. Ann Eggleston says

    The Villages has over 150,000 people now. Why are people so surprised that crime has increased? Are you believing that propaganda “America’s Friendliest Hometown? First–it’s no one’s “hometown”. Second, human nature isn’t left st the borders of town.

  3. Mary McIntyre says

    All of these Villagers lately who are violent, shoplifters, arrested for alcoholic events, involved in gun events have increased. It might be an interesting article to see how these same people are in their respective neighborhood villages and how they are welcomed (or not) upon leaving jail. Of course, there would have to be a way for these neighbors not to be identified. But, it is my thinking that no one signs on to live next door to any one of these public lawbreakers.

    • Len Pittsacado says

      So Mary, let’s say you get into an altercation at one of the squares. You don’t start it but some obnoxious fools do. It escalates and after the police are called you both get arrested. Should all your neighbors shun you? Or you find out your husband is fooling around and there’s a fight between you that gets ugly. Should all your friends of many years ignore you after that? Try not to be so heartless because you sure don’t sound like much of a friend or neighbor.

  4. Louise Tuttle says

    Just another day in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown. Why is it that so many of these people in these booking photos have terrible cuts and bruises in their booking photos? How did this happen? Did it happen in the original incident or is it a case of excessive force by the police?

    • Fred Nilles says

      Louise you might try reading the story before you make a comment!
      By the way “The Villages” is for the most part a pretty friendly town,
      but it is not immune to human travails!

    • Ann Eggleston says

      Why would you ask if it is excessive force? You don’t know the circumstances of the arrest and you don’t know the force that is sometimes needed to bring down a drunk or a person on drugs. (Not saying this man was either because I read the story and know how he was cut). Please don’t try to start problems for the police. Older people are hard enough to arrest. Caution must be used so they DON’T injure them and when they resist it’s even worse. Plus–the police don’t want to hurt people. Have you taken over for Chip?

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