SPRING HILL, Fla. – A Florida man has been arrested after going on a punching rampage, injuring multiple victims at random.
On Monday, just before noon, Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Mid-Florida Credit Union, located at 11098 Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill, regarding a Battery.
Deputies met with the victim, an adult female who was a customer at the credit union. The victim told deputies she exited the credit union and began walking to her vehicle, and a man, identified as Devin Wilbanks, walked by her and punched her in the forehead.
Wilbanks continued walking and left the parking lot, headed northbound on Mariner Boulevard.
The victim, a resident of New York, stated she did not know Wilbanks and had never seen him before. =
Deputies say the woman’s head had a swollen contusion.
Moments after committing the Battery at Mid-Florida Credit Union, Wilbanks proceeded to Circle K, located at 11091 Spring Hill Drive.
After receiving several 911 hang-ups from the store, operators were able to make contact with an employee. The employee said a man was inside the store “hitting people” and had just fled on foot.
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When deputies arrived, an adult male store employee was bleeding from the forehead, face, and mouth.
The victim told deputies that a man entered the store and began “swinging his fists” at a female employee and tried to hit several customers inside the store.
Wilbanks then went behind the counter and “cornered” two employees. The male employee attempted to restrain Wilbanks to prevent additional injuries.
Wilbanks broke free and proceeded to punch various items and displays throughout the store, according to deputies.
Wilbanks then punched a female customer in the face and placed her in a chokehold. The male employee attempted to intervene and was once again punched in the face, causing a large cut between his eyes.
Wilbanks the fled the store, headed westbound on foot.
Moments later, as Wilbanks walked westbound on Spring Hill Drive, he encountered an adult male who was sitting in the driveway of his residence.
Wilbanks swung at the victim, hitting him in the face.
Again, Wilbanks left the area on foot.
The victim stated he did not know Wilbanks and assumed he was approaching to ask for directions.
Deputies located Wilbanks at a bus stop on Spring Hill Drive near the library.
After being identified by the victims, Devin Ray Wilbanks was placed under arrest, after a brief struggle with deputies. Wilbanks was charged as follows:
– Battery (3 counts)
– Simple Assault (2 counts)
– Burglary w/Assault or Battery
– Burglary Unoccupied Conveyance
– Resist Arrest w/o Violence.
Later in the day, a Vehicle Burglary was reported in the area where the batteries occurred. Video surveillance revealed the suspect was Wilbanks. He was charged accordingly.
“Wilbanks was uncooperative with the investigation and refused to provide a statement and/or reason for committing the offenses,” said HCSO.