A West Palm Beach man who decided to take justice into his own hands after his debit card was stolen was instead beaten by two men he tried to question.
Justin Jarrard Oliver, 24, was identified as one of two men who beat the man whose debit card was being used fraudulently, according to the arrest report. Oliver is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail without bail. He is facing charges of aggravated battery.
West Palm Beach police say it all started with a 24-year-old man who wanted to track down those who were using his debit card after he either lost his wallet or it was stolen while he was having dinner at a restaurant, about three weeks before the attack. The most recent transaction was at a McDonald’s at 1720 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
On Sunday, the 24-year-old decided he was going to search in the area of Dixie Highway and Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, where he questioned a woman who was walking by. He asked her if he knew anyone by the name of a person in the report.
The woman had a “suspicious” reaction, the man told police. She walked away and into a home, where he followed her and knocked on its door.
The man who answered the door told the 24-year-old that no woman was inside and asked him to leave. But the man continued his “conversation,” even though the man who had answered the door threatened to steal the 24-year-old’s car, according to the report.
Eventually, a third man joined. The two men attacked the 24-year-old, the report said. They allegedly knocked him to the ground where they punched and kicked him, and beat him with a concrete block and either a stick or a pipe.
When confronted by police, Oliver denied having to do anything with the attack. He later said that someone had pushed down the 24-year-old in order to get past him and he fell onto the ground, where his hand landed on the concrete block.
The report said that the 24-year-old suffered a deep cut to his left temple and a cut behind his ear.