Spruce Creeker arrested after alleged gay slur in Margarita Republic attack

Noah Danley

A Spruce Creek South resident has been arrested after allegedly hurling a gay slur during an attack on another man at Margarita Republic in Spanish Springs in the Villages.

Noah Michael Danley, 30, was arrested at 6:30 p.m. Monday at his job at the Batteries and Bulbs store at Village Crossroads in Lady Lake.

The insult and attack took place on January 15 at the Spanish Springs Town Square nightclub. A man was standing in Margarita Republic‘s outdoor patio talking to another man when Danley approached him and called him a ‘faggot,’ according to a Lady Lake Police Department arrest report . Danley allegedly punched the man twice in the side of the head.

“The victim testified that (Danley) knew he was gay and it’s a critical piece that the record reflects that (Danley) knew the victim was gay when he punched him twice in the face,” he said. writes the arresting officer in the report. .

Surveillance footage of Danley at Margarita Republic was obtained as part of the investigation. Plaza cameras are being upgraded as part of a new agreement between The Villages Technology Solutions Group and the Village Center Community Development District. There was also surveillance footage of Danley and another man in a vehicle exiting The Villages through the Morse Gate. The victim was able to positively identify Danley in surveillance footage. The victim told police he knew Danley “who met him several times in the past at different local bars and restaurants,” according to the report.

Danley had been kicked out of Margarita Republic in 2018 after another violent confrontation. He pleaded no contest in this case and was placed on probation. Lake County court records show he later violated his probation.

The Michigan native was arrested for assault and battery and trespassing. He was booked into Lake County Jail and released after posting $2,500 bond.

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