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Here’s why police closed Mandalay Avenue on Clearwater Beach Monday night

Police responded to the area after reports of an injured woman outside a Clearwater Beach condominium.
 
Peter Harkovitch is facing multiple charges in connection to an incident that occurred on Clearwater Beach on Monday night.
Peter Harkovitch is facing multiple charges in connection to an incident that occurred on Clearwater Beach on Monday night. [ Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ]
Published March 26|Updated March 29

Police closed a portion of Mandalay Avenue on Clearwater Beach on Monday night after they received reports that a woman was found injured outside a condominium and a fire alarm at the complex was pulled, city officials said.

Officials said they arrested Peter Harkovitch, 66, after the incident on charges of aggravated battery, battery on an officer and threatening a public servant. An arrest affidavit states Harkovitch was arrested on charges that he beat a woman and urinated on an officer after he was taken into custody.

Harkovitch was being held at the Pinellas County Jail Wednesday morning with bail set at $50,000, records show. A judge ordered him not to have any contact with any victims in the case, records show.

Joelle Castelli, a Clearwater police spokesperson, said officers arrived to the condominium, 15 Avalon St., about 9:41 p.m. on Monday after the woman was found injured.

Arrest affidavits say the woman was critically injured with a “life threatening brain bleed” after she was beaten by Harkovitch.

Around the same time, someone in the building pulled a fire alarm. Clearwater Fire & Rescue arrived to the scene and cleared the building, Castelli said.

Castelli said police spoke with Harkovitch over the phone and he eventually came out of the building on his own.

Harkovitch threatened to kill or seriously injure an officer and his family on several occasions while in custody.

While in a transport van, Harkovitch “intentionally pulled his pants down and began urinating” on an officer, an affidavit states, and “purposefully positioned himself against the opening of the van door and aimed his urine stream” toward the officer.

An assistant public defender was appointed to represent Harkovitch and had entered a not guilty plea on his behalf, records show.