Violent Weekend As Spring Breakers Hit Panama City With Full Arsonal
More than 160 people were arrested and 75 illegal guns were confiscated in Panama City Beach, Florida over the weekend.
“Right here, today, we stand united as not only law enforcement officials, not only as city leadership or county leadership but just as citizens of Bay County,” Beach Police Chief J.R. Talamantez said Monday. “What we saw this past weekend is absolutely unacceptable, period. These pathetic cowards who came and committed these crimes — their actions will not be tolerated.”
Talamantez said that law enforcement officials confiscated an assortment of weapons, including shotguns, pistols, and semi-automatic rifles. “These guns were taken over a period of two days. It could arm a small army,” Talamantez continued. “These are weapons brought to a resort destination. These are weapons brought to a beach.”
The Panama City chaos erupted after Miami Beach imposed a 6 p.m. curfew during the weekends in an attempt to prevent Spring Breakers from “wreaking havoc” on the city. Almost half of the 160 people arrested over the weekend were from Alabama, according to Panama City authorities.