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David Coleman, AKA “Fatboy,” Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

UPDATE 4:48 p.m: As we suspected, Fatboy does NOT go to Atlantic HS, despite what Delray Beach Police wrote in the official arrest report. It’s unclear if he ever did. Fatboy is 28 years old.

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Delray Beach High School Student whose nickname is “Fatboy” is facing multiple charges — including kidnap, hit and run, fleeing police, and hitting a police dog. Fanboy’s real name is David Coleman, and he remains in jail early Friday morning.

Delray Beach Police — in a report that reads like a script for a Hollywood thriller — outline how Coleman was lured to the area of South Military Trail and Atlantic Avenue to return a woman’s car after borrowed it. But once there, he refused to give it back — got the woman into the car — and fled, all while Delray Beach Police watched. It ended with a high-speed police chase on I-95. The following is the report written by police. We have redacted victim names.

The following incident occurred in the City of Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida.
On 12/11/22, Officers responded to 14624 S Military Trl in reference to a suspicious incident. The caller/victim, (victim), told dispatch that a subject, who she knows as David Coleman, was refusing to return her vehicle (black 2008 Scion) and demanding money to return the vehicle. Officers made contact with the victim and her boyfriend, (victim 2), at the above address. They said they got Coleman to agree to meet her at the above address to return the car in exchange for the money he demanded.

Officers set up in the area and waited for Coleman to arrive in the vehicle. Coleman arrived at the above address and the victim made contact with Coleman in her vehicle. Officers moved in on the vehicle in marked patrol vehicles. Coleman fled the area in the vehicle with the victim stuck in the vehicle. In the process of fleeing, Coleman struck K-9 Officer Bolanos’ marked police vehicle. (Victim 2) was still on scene with Officers, and he received a call from Coleman. Coleman said that (Victim 2) set him up and that “If anything goes wrong tonight, we’re both going to die tonight.” (referring to the victims). Coleman told (Victim 2) that he would not get the vehicle or the victim back until he got the money. Coleman told (Victim 2) to start walking to the area of W Atlantic Ave/I-95 to meet.

(Victim 2) left the area and began walking, at which time Sergeant Guillaume requested an unmarked vehicle respond. Lieutenant Gray responded in his unmarked police vehicle and located the vehicle driving westbound on W Atlantic Ave toward S Military Tr. Lieutenant Gray followed the vehicle as it ran a red light, made a U-turn, and proceeded eastbound on W Atlantic Ave. Lieutenant Gray advised they were approaching the intersection of W Atlantic Ave/S Congress Ave, which is where I made contact with him and the vehicle.

The traffic lights turned green on the west side of the intersection, and the vehicle then went from the straight lane into the turn lane. The vehicle drove northbound on N Congress Ave toward Lake Ida Rd, and then made a right onto Lake Ida Rd and headed eastbound. The vehicle quickly U-turned on Lake Ida Rd, and Lieutenant Gray activated his lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle refused to stop and fled southbound on N Congress Ave toward W Atlantic Ave. Officers pursued the vehicle where it drove onto I-95 southbound from W Atlantic Ave.

Officers continued a high-speed pursuit of the vehicle southbound on I-95. As they approached the W Palmetto Park exit on I-95 the vehicle caught fire and exited onto W Palmetto Park Rd. The vehicle drove westbound on W Palmetto Park Rd and came to a stop west of the railroad tracks. All the occupants exited the burning vehicle and Coleman was taken into custody.

Based on these facts, probable cause exists to charge David Coleman with violation of Florida State Statute 787.01 (1A2) – kidnapping, Florida State Statute 316.1935(4) (A) – flee/elude officer after crash, and Florida State Statute 843.02 – resisting officer without violence.

Coleman, who police say is a student at Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, is 28 years old. We are unclear if the “student” designation was written in error by investigators, or if his recorded date of birth is incorrect. We will update once that information is clarified.




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