UPDATE: Pescatelli tells Laughspin that the State Attorney’s Office will be charging the suspect with assault, a misdemeanor.
An incident, during which an intoxicated audience member flung a full wine glass at comedian Tammy Pescatelli, who was performing onstage – is still under investigation, law enforcement officials tell Laughspin.
As we reported last week, Pescatelli was performing at the Comedy Zone in Jacksonville, Fla on July 12, when she addressed a woman in the front row who was typing on her cell phone. Words were exchanged by both parties, which lead the suspect to throw the glass at the comedian’s head. Pescatelli was not hit, though wine did get in her eye and on her clothing. The 35-year-old suspect is identified in public records but Laughspin is choosing to withhold her name.
Although there were approximately 200 witnesses and despite Pescatelli’s desire to press charges, no arrest was made. Officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office simply told the suspect to leave and if she returned, they would arrest her. “There was no threat of continued violence,” Ofc. Shannon R. Hartley, a spokesman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, tells Laughspin. “Not every criminal act needs to involve a physical arrest.”
Hartley explains that Pescatelli was given a State Attorney’s card and was instructed that if she wanted to press charges, she’d have to file with them. This is all in line, Hartley says, with both State and local law enforcement policies on a case like this. “I’m not looking for her to go away for 20 years,” Pescatelli told Laughspin today. “I just wanted there to be some ramifications. The officers in Jacksonville don’t see the situation as if I was at work. To them, it was a bar room brawl.”
On July 15, Pescatelli filed a report with the State Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Judicial Circuit—the same office currently handling the Trayvon Martin case. “The division chief has the report and it’s an open investigation,” Jackelyn Barnard, a spokeswoman at the State Attorney’s office, tells Laughspin.
A call to the suspect for comment was not immediately returned.