Florida Keys couple attack tourist for snorkeling too close to their dock, deputies say

A Florida Keys couple left a man bleeding after they attacked him for snorkeling close to their waterfront property on Sunday near Marathon, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office deputies said.

The victim’s relatives, who were in a boat about 25 yards from shore, told deputies that Katia De Oliveira, 61, armed herself with a fishing rod, and Paulo De Oliveira, 65, used some kind of pole, according to deputies.

Deputies reported finding a 36-year-old man from St. Petersburg bleeding profusely from the head who said De Oliveiras said he didn’t have a right to snorkel near their dock.

The victim said there was an argument when he refused to leave and they attacked him, according to deputies.

Deputies arrested De Oliveiras on Sunday afternoon near the intersection of West Ocean Drive and 12th Street in the Key Colony Beach neighborhood.

The victim was treated at Baptist Health Fishermen’s Community Hospital, deputies said.

Paulo De Oliveira is facing a charge of aggravated battery causing bodily harm and Katia De Oliveira is facing a battery charge.


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