Police: Argument leads to bloody fight at Palm Beach Hotel


A Boynton Beach man was arrested last week after he attacked a man in an apartment at the Palm Beach Hotel, leaving pools of blood on the floor and spattered on the walls, Palm Beach police said.

Police arrested 33-year-old Jordan Altomare on a felony domestic violence charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

At about 8 a.m. June 7, a Palm Beach Hotel maintenance worker heard furniture breaking and two men screaming and fighting in an apartment, according to a sworn affidavit. After the worker knocked on the apartment door, the noises stopped. The hotel condominium is at 235 Sunrise Ave.

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Altomare, covered in blood, opened the door and walked past the worker, police said. The worker told Altomare that police were coming Altomore said, “You can’t stop me,” according to the affidavit.

Police said they found Altomare as he was leaving the hotel. Altomare was wearing a long-sleeve black shirt and beige pants covered in fresh, wet blood, police said, and he smelled strongly of alcohol.

Police went to the apartment Altomare had left and said they found a 36-year-old man covered in blood. Police said the man was bleeding “profusely” from his right hand and right shoulder and that his shirt was “drenched” in blood. The man had a large gash on his shoulder and one on the top of his hand, which police said looked like a defensive wound.

The apartment was in “total disarray,” police said: Broken glass was scattered around the apartment, blood was splattered on the walls and floor, and a large chunk of a glass table was broken into pieces.

The man told police he and Altomare had been “out all night” drinking, according to the affidavit, but returned to the apartment and had an argument that turned into a fight. The man said Altomare “threw me through a glass table,” police said, but the man later refused to answer more questions because he did not want to incriminate himself or Altomare.

Police said the man told them he “just wanted to protect (Altomare) from himself.”

Police later found a 12-inch kitchen knife in a drawer that was wet with water and blood, according to the affidavit. The man said he “did not know anything about” the knife, police said.

The man was transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center, according to the affidavit.

Altomare was released Friday on his own recognizance.



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