Ocala man who wouldn’t leave Belleview Wawa gets his wish – a trip to jail

Kenneth Coleman

An Ocala man was jailed early Sunday morning after he made it clear to Belleview Police officers that he wanted to be put behind bars.

The manager of the Wawa minimart at 5726 SE Abshier Blvd. in Belleview called police for help shortly before 5 a.m. after 57-year-old Kenneth Coleman walked into the parking lot. The manager advised officers that Coleman had been trespassed from the store and wasn’t welcome there, a police report states.

An officer explained to Coleman that he could be taken to jail if he returned to the minimart. He then requested that he be taken to the jail for an open container and pointed to a beer can he had been carrying, the report says.

When told that he wasn’t going to be arrested for having the beer can, Coleman asked if he would be taken to jail if he went back to the minimart. He then walked back onto Wawa’s property and asked again to be taken to jail, the report says.

Coleman, who listed an address in the 3300 block of SE 73rd St. in Ocala, was then taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with trespass after warning. He is scheduled to be released on Dec. 29 at 9 a.m. and is due in court the following day, records show.