On Monday, July 30, 2012 it was reported that Justin Blake Mitchell, 26, allegedly forced a seven-year-old boy to smoke pot at gunpoint in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. But that isn’t all the out-of-towner did while in Florida.
Mitchell, of McDonough, Georgia, had also threatened to kill his wife if she didn’t part with her money and other personal property during his alleged Santana Drive Florida crime spree. To prove he would do it, he allegedly hit her in the head with the gun.
In addition, he relieved one man of his debit card while wielding his weapon and forcibly took another woman’s personal property. But shortly thereafter the police relieved him of his possessions too, and he is currently incarcerated in the Walton County Jail as a result.
Northwest Florida Daily News reported that the suspect was initially arrested by Walton County Sheriff’s Office on July 12, and that the Georgia man has been charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.
In addition, he was also charged with aggravated battery using a deadly weapon, three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, grand theft of a firearm, child abuse, two counts of felony larceny and two counts of misdemeanor larceny.
While the suspect’s theft charges and alleged gun butt violence against his wife is eyebrow-raising to say the least, it is his insistence that a child smoke marijuana that has many in the community in an uproar, with some asking what makes a person try to force a kid to do drugs?
No court date has been set in the controversial case as of Monday, July 30, but Justin Blake Mitchell is likely to face a packed court room when the case finally does make it to trial given that a child was his victim–and marijuana legalization issues continue to dominate the news.