$20 debt leads to melee at Palm Coast Girl Scout cookie stand
Feb 27, 2017 at 7:15 PM Mar 1, 2017 at 2:51 PM
A $20 debt led to chaos at a cookie stand outside a Palm Coast Wal-Mart when two teens attacked the family of a Girl Scout they said owed them.
PALM COAST A $20 debt led to chaos at a cookie stand outside a Palm Coast Wal-Mart when two teens attacked the family of a Girl Scout they said owed them the money.
Daniel Kennedy, 18, and his 16-year-old brother, whose name was not released, were both arrested in connection with the incident. Daniel Kennedy was charged with disorderly conduct and three counts of battery. His younger brother faces disorderly conduct and one count of battery.
Flagler sheriff: 2 brothers in melee at Scout’s cookie stand are “knuckleheads”
The incident much of which was captured on store video surveillance unfolded just after 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Flagler County sheriff’s deputies described a chaotic scene that left a table flipped over and boxes of Girl Scout cookies scattered across the sidewalk outside the east entrance to Wal-Mart, 174 Cypress Pointe Parkway, according to an arrest report.
When deputies arrived, Thomas Ketchum Sr. 49, of Palm Coast was lying on his back complaining of chest pains he said he suffered during the attack. He told deputies he was recovering from open heart surgery he underwent just three days before the incident.
Kennedy, his brother and their mother, Erin, told deputies they confronted the Girl Scout team at the cookie table over $20 they said Ketchum s daughter owed them. Ketchum s 47-year-old wife, Lisa, and another Palm Coast woman were present, and told the Kennedy family they could not pay them. That s when the Kennedys demanded to be paid in cookies instead.
When the Scout leaders refused, they told deputies the Kennedy brothers began snatching boxes of cookies, overturning the table and destroying the cookie stand.
Lisa Ketchum said Daniel Kennedy then began throwing punches to intimidate them. That s when her husband emerged from the store and grabbed the brothers shopping cart to keep them from leaving before officers arrived. He said Daniel Kennedy pushed him away and began punching him. Thomas Ketchum suffered a sprained neck and shoulder and was taken to Florida Hospital Flagler to be treated.
When Ketchum’s 15-year-old son tried to intervene to protect his father, Daniel Kennedy punched him then pushed him into a concrete wall, leaving him with a gash to the head, the report states. Lisa Ketchum told deputies Daniel Kennedy also punched her several times in the head and face.
Two women who were driving by during the incident also spoke to deputies. One of them, 18-year-old Gabrielle Boos, told officers she jumped out of their car, ran across the parking lot and began striking Kennedy as he attacked Lisa Ketchum until he let her go.
Kennedy was jailed at the Flagler County Inmate Facility. His bail information was not available Monday. Officers also booked his younger brother on the misdemeanor counts and issued him a March 17 court date before releasing him to his mother.