An Adel man was arrested Tuesday on an Adel Police Department warrant in connection with a fight he allegedly started last month in an Adel restaurant.
David Dennis Pelican, 75, of 1924 Roebling Road, Adel, was charged with assault causing bodily injury or mental illness and disorderly conduct-fighting or violent behavior.
The incident occurred about 10:45 a.m. Feb. 22 at Patrick’s Restaurant at 211 S. Seventh St. in Adel, where a caller reported a fight between Pelican and Al Jaros, 72, of 517 S. 12th St., Adel.
According to court records, Jaros was standing in line at the cash register when Pelican entered the restaurant, approached Jaros from behind and knocked Jaros’ hat off his head.
Jaros then “drew his pistol and pointed it at (Pelican’s) face” before handing the gun to a bystander and hitting Pelican with a chair, according to court records.
Pelican allegedly “took (Jaros) down to the ground” and “had his finger in (Jaros’) eyes when they were on the ground.”
A bystander intervened and broke up the alleged assault.
The responding police officer said that Jaros “had a valid permit to carry, and his pistol was in his holster when I arrived. I secured the pistol for his safety and mine,” according to court records.
Pelican allegedly told the responding police officer “that he thought about poking his eyes out,” according to court records. Jaros “acquired a large bump on his top right of his forehead and red marks on the right side of his face.”
Pelican was held in the Dallas County Jail before he was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled for arraignment April 30 in Dallas County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.