Police: Karaoke singer knocks out manager after bad review

By Kevin Wolkenfeld, Producer, kwolkenfeld@wkmg.com
Published On: Mar 19 2012 05:56:54 AM EDT
Updated On: Mar 20 2012 08:16:23 AM EDT

A 28-year-old man knocked out a Applebee's manager inside the Melbourne restaurant after stripping and getting bad reviews about his karaoke performance, police said.

MELBOURNE, Fla. -

A 28-year-old man knocked out a Applebee's manager inside the Melbourne restaurant after stripping and getting bad reviews about his karaoke performance, police said.

Jeffrey Lee Thompson was charged with battery and disorderly conduct after Melbourne police were called late Sunday to investigate reports of a disturbance at the Applebee's at 1545 Palm Bay Road.

"He was intoxicated. It was karaoke night and he became very involved with his performance," said Melbourne police Sgt. Byron Barnes.  "He took his clothes off as he sang to the audience."

At least one customer complained, and a manager asked Thompson to stop singing, according to patrons.

The manager then turned the music off, and police said Thompson punched the manager, knocking him out.

A Palm Bay police officer who was eating at the restaurant at the time chased Thompson and arrested him after deploying his stun gun, according to witnesses.

During the arrest, Local 6 cameras captured the singer bragging about knocking the manager out.

Thompson was taken to the Brevard County Jail and was being held on $700 bond.

Watch Local 6 for more on this developing story.

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