Police: Man attacked wife with box of snack crackers

9:58 AM, Apr 18, 2012   |    comments
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Palm Bay, Florida (FL Today) -- Police said a 37-year-old man upset because his wife attended an Earth Day concert, faces charges after throwing a box of snack crackers at the woman and injuring her eye.

Andy Vincent Gatz was charged with battery and violation of an injunction after Palm Bay police were called Monday to a home in the 500 block of Rhine Road to investigate a disturbance.

Police said Gatz, who was under a court-ordered injunction to avoid having any contact with the victim, confronted the woman over her attending the Orlando concert and then struck her with the box of "Cheez-It" crackers.

"A small square cracker apparently went into her right eye and caused her injury," said Yvonne Martinez, spokeswoman for the Palm Bay Police Department.

Police said Gatz - who later told officers that he only tossed a cracker at the woman and not a whole box - fled the scene but later turned himself in to authorities.

The woman was treated at the emergency room, police said.

A judge ordered Tuesday that Gatz was to have no further contact with the woman but could return to the home to retrieve personal goods under the supervision of a police officer.

He was allowed to leave jail on community supervision following a court hearing Wednesday, court records show.

He will have a May 8 court hearing on the charges.

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