Margate Police have charged Alexander A. Denafo, 26, of Ventnor with one count of simple assault after a game of football on the beach escalated into a physical altercation.
According to a Margate PD press release: On Sunday, July 4 at approximately 6:30p, the Margate City Fire Department’s ambulance responded to the beach block of Essex Ave for what was, at the time, a report of a male who had fallen and suffered a “split lip.”
The male was identified as Carnell Davis. He was treated by members of the ambulance crew and refused transport to the hospital.
After learning of the serious nature of Davis’s injuries, an investigation was launched by the Margate Police Department into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
According to witness accounts from people at the scene, Davis and Denafo were engaged in a game of football on the beach in Margate and began to have a verbal altercation.
Both men then mutually decided to leave the beach to continue the altercation which developed into a physical fight. This occurred in the beach block of Essex Avenue.
Cell phone video obtained of the incident revealed Denafo struck Davis in the face which caused him to fall to the ground and strike his head on the pavement.
Davis was taken to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and released on Tuesday.
Denafo is scheduled for a first appearance at the Margate City Municipal Court on July 26.
According to Burlington County Times: Davis and Denafo were playing football on the beach when they had a verbal dispute, witnesses told police. “Both men then mutually decided to leave the beach to continue the altercation which developed into a physical fight,” said a police account.