Atmore man jailed for trespassing

Published 2:34 pm Wednesday, March 13, 2013

An Atmore man was taken into custody by an Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff’s deputy over the weekend after reportedly refusing to leave a Pensacola Beach hotel room.

Monty Daniel Bell, 55, of 109 Forest Avenue, was arrested and charged with trespassing after he and his spouse, Tabitha Bell, were asked several times by both hotel management and a sheriff’s deputy to vacate their room at the Florida Holiday Inn.



According to the arrest report, Sheriff’s Deputy David Ashton first responded to the hotel at 9 a.m. Sunday in response to a call from hotel management. Ashton said he was informed that the couple had been causing problems since around 4 a.m. Ashton reported the hotel room to be in disarray and containing a strong odor of alcohol. Ashton also said both suspects’ speech was “extremely slurred.” Ashton informed the couple, who were also in custody of their 12-year-old son, that they needed to leave the premises in a timely manner.

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According to the report, Ashton responded to the hotel a second time approximately one hour later and was told by the hotel’s general manager that the couple had stated they would leave “whenever they wanted.”

Ashton then arrested Bell for trespassing and failure to leave property by order of the owner. Bell’s wife was also cuffed for “irate” behavior, but was released in order for an adult to be with the couples’ son.

Bell was transported to the Escambia County Jail, where he was later released on $2,000 bail.