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St. Pete Beach police: Cabbie struck after turning down patron in wet swimsuit

ST. PETE BEACH — A cab driver was attacked Saturday evening after refusing to transport a man wearing a wet swimsuit, police said.

Roberto P. Rizzuto and his friends were on Gulf Boulevard seeking a ride to their hotel around 7:30 p.m., according to an arrest report. As one of the men got in, driver Kenneth Comeaux said he couldn't ride because his suit was soaked.

After arguing, Rizzuto walked over to the driver's side door and punched Comeaux through an open window, the report shows.

Comeaux stepped out and two of Rizzuto's friends, Serafino Giancarlo Sauro and Steven Tonellotto, jumped on the cab driver and held him down, the affidavit said.

Rizzuto, 22, faces a simple battery charge. Sauro, also 22, and Tonellotto, 21, face disorderly conduct charges. The three men are from Ontario, the report said.

Comeaux was not badly hurt.

St. Pete Beach police: Cabbie struck after turning down patron in wet swimsuit 05/06/12 [Last modified: Sunday, May 6, 2012 10:38pm]

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