Michael Lamothe, 35, of Ormond Beach, was arrested and was put behind bars at the Volusia County Branch Jail without bail. He has been charged with manslaughter and aggravated battery after a Daytona Beach woman died when Lamothe struck her in the face who also fondled her and caused a fight at a bar.
“He came into the bar. He wrapped his arms around her and nobody knew who he was … and she freaked out and said, ‘Get your hands off me,’ ” the unidentified 911 caller who provided details of the incident to the emergency operator.
During their interviews, they said the suspect had walked up behind Jost, hugged her from behind and grabbed her breasts, the report stated.
“When we asked him to leave, he walked outside and he turned around and came back in and he punched her in the face so hard. … She hit the concrete floor with the back of her head.”
Someone inside the bar named “Mark” told Lamothe to leave the bar and a fight broke out, witnesses said. Lamothe left, but returned a short time later with another man, according to the report.
Police responded shortly after 12:20 a.m. at 500 E. International Speedway Blvd. and found Debra Jost, 54, lying on the floor inside. She had a cut to the back of her head and blood was coming out of her nose and mouth, according to a report.
William Bittorf Jr., who owns Big Daddy’s next door to Oyster Bay, called Saturday’s incident “awful news.” He said he knew Jost and said she had a friendly personality.
“It’s really sad,” he said. “I just pray for her friends and her family.”
Lamothe had been arrested twice before on battery charges, once in 2013 and again in 2015. In both cases, according to court records, he was never tried.