The Bay County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men Monday night for aggravated battery on Panama City Beach after their alleged victim filed a complaint.
At about 10:30 p.m. Monday evening, November 25, 2013, BCSO deputies responded to the Texaco Store at Front Beach Road and Laurie Avenue.
A man, bleeding from the mouth and nose and with his right eye swollen completely shut, wanted to file a complaint against the two men he claimed beat him up.
EMS arrived and the victim agreed to basic medical care but refused transport to a medical facility.
The victim stated to deputies he was living with several other transients in a wooded area near the old Ocean Opry building on Front Beach Road.
He claimed two men living at the same camp became angry with him when he failed to contribute money towards the purchase of beer.
It was then the two men jumped on him and beat him, causing his injuries and knocking out his two front teeth.
The victim identified the man who knocked out his teeth as Jacob Gosselin and his other assailant as Charles Wesley Strickland.
Due to the continued bleeding of the victim, EMS returned and the victim finally agreed to be transported to a local hospital.
Contact was made with Strickland and Gosselin and they were transported to the BCSO Beach Precinct for questioning.
Gosselin and Strickland gave conflicting versions of what occurred but both agreed the fight had taken place.
Gosselin wore a t-shirt covered in blood and Strickland’s shoes were bloody.
The items were placed into evidence.
48 year old Strickland was arrested and charged with principle to aggravated battery.
33 year old Gosselin was charged with aggravated battery.
Both were taken to the Bay County Jail.