A Jupiter man was arrested Sunday outside a Publix after he police say he punched a man and chased three people while yelling racial epithets, according to an arrest report.
Paul Vincent Salvo is facing three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of battery. Salvo, 39, was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Sunday after posting a $10,000 bond.
Salvo told Jupiter police he was walking out of the Publix at 4060 U.S. Highway 1, when he saw three males arguing with a female. Salvo said he approached the males to make sure the girl was safe then got into a verbal argument with the three individuals. Salvo told officers he punched the oldest and biggest male and admitted he was in possession of a knife.
A 19-year-old male who said he was punched in the face by Salvo told police “some random guy came out of nowhere and started harassing us,” the report said. The 19-year-old was accompanied by 16- and 15-year-old boys.
After being struck in the face, the man said Salvo pulled a knife and stated: “Black lives matter, (yeah) right.”
The 15-year-old juvenile told police he was arguing with his girlfriend when Salvo tried to “pick a fight.”
The victims told police they thought Salvo was going to stab them. A 4-inch knife was found near the Publix, the report said.
A witness told police he saw Salvo, listed on the arrest report as 6 feet tall and 240 pounds, running after the teenagers while yelling the N-word at them and making a comment regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.