• Arrest made in Ponce Inlet golf course beating


    PONCE INLET, Fla. - Police on Tuesday made an arrested in a brutal beating at a Volusia County golf course over the weekend.

    Investigators said they believe 43-year-old David Barror, who was golfing, attacked 63-year-old Richard Fillingame when Fillingame confronted him at the Harbor Village Golf and Yacht Club in Ponce Inlet on Saturday.

    A golf ball hit Fillingame's truck along A1A near the golf club, so he stopped and confronted Barror, authorities said. The confrontation turned into a brawl.

     Filingame was taken to the Halifax Hospital where he had to undergo surgieries. Police say he may be permanently disfigured.

    "I just watched this dude and another guy rolling down the hill beating the (expletive) out of each other and this dude looks unconscious as hell on the hill," said a witness to 911.

    "The victim remembers nothing of this, so you can tell it was extremely vicious," said Lt. Max Binz with Ponce Inlet Police Department.

    In a report, a witness described the suspect's arm punching the victim like a piston.

    Most of the witnesses were people driving along A1A. They spotted the two men rolling down a steep hill, but they didn't get a good look at the suspect, who ran away after beating the victim repeatedly.

    "Where's the guy who beat the guy up?" asked the 911 operator.

    "I don't know, he just took back off over the hill," a witness said.

    "We know that he's white male, we know he's somewhere in his 20s to 30s and he was last seen (possibly) wearing a light colored shirt and khaki shorts," Binz said.

    Police said the golfer whose golf ball hit the car would be responsible for the damage.

    Barror will face assault and battery charges.

    Police arrested Barror at his condominium at the club where Saturday's assault happened.

    Since Saturday, police had been interviewing eyewitnesses, following leads, and going door-to-door at nearby condominiums.

    They said news reports prompted a new witness to come forward.

    The witness described the suspect to police as a man with black, slicked-back hair and a northern accent who was seen leaving the scene shortly after the incident with a woman at the golf club.

    When police questioned Barror, police said he made statements that told them he was the right suspect.

    They said he also had marks on his fists believed to be caused from punching Filingame.

    Barror was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail. Filingame is still in the hospital recovering.


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