Not a good beach day: man hits tourist with shovel

Christopher Carosella

TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. (AP) – A Florida man is being charged with aggravated battery after whacking a visiting tourist with a shovel in a dispute over digging at the beach.

According to reports, 53-year-old Christopher Carosella from Tampa argued with 18-year old Christian Geis over a large hole he had dug.

Carosella allegedly got upset when the Lexington, Kentucky teenager refused to comply with his order to stop digging.

Drew Geis, Christian’s father, said that 45 minutes later Carosella took the shovel his son had left on the beach and then attacked him when he was walking back to his hotel room.

Treasure Island Police Department said Carosella struck Christian Geis twice, causing bruising and abrasions. Carosella was charged with felony aggravated battery and was later released from the Pinellas County Jail on a $2,500 bond.

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