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Officer watches suspect throw man over bridge, throw contraband over bridge, but still deny everything

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Frank Fernandez
The News-Journal, Daytona Beach, Fla.

A Daytona Beach police officer arrested a man Sunday after spotting him throwing another man “face first” off the Main Street Bridge and 30 feet into the water, according to a report.

Derrick Goodin, 21, was charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm, battery and disorderly conduct, according to an arrest report. Goodin was being held without bond on Monday at the Volusia County Branch Jail.

Goodin denied he tossed the man off the span.

“He jumped over the bridge,” Goodin told police.

But Daytona Beach Police Officer Christopher Maher told a different story. And his body camera video also appeared to show Goodin pushing a man off the bridge.

“I watched you. I’m right here,” Maher said.

Anthony Mascaro, 33, of Port Orange, and Stephanie Ellis, 34, of Daytona Beach, were walking across the bridge about 4:47 p.m. Sunday as she pushed her bicycle because it had a flat tire, a report said. That’s when Goodin walked up and started arguing with Ellis over some money and struck her, the report said.

Mascaro intervened and Goodin struck him and then threw the bicycle off the bridge. Goodin then threw Mascaro “face first” off the bridge, the report said.

Just at that time, Maher was driving east on the span and saw Goodin and Mascaro fighting. As the officer got out of his car, he saw Goodin toss Mascaro off the bridge.

The officer drew his gun and ordered Goodin to the ground. But before being handcuffed Goodin reached into his right pocket and threw what the officer perceived to be a wallet into the water.

Goodin was then arrested.

The area beneath the bridge where Goodin tossed Mascaro has a number of pylons and catwalks, which could have caused severe injuries or death.

But Mascaro swam to a pylon and clung to it until someone in a row boat picked him up and brought him to shore.

Mascaro suffered a small cut under his right eye and blood on the eye.

Mascaro and Ellis declined to press charges against Goodin. But Goodin was arrested because throwing Mascaro off the bridge could have resulted in his death or substantial injury, police said.

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