Bradenton man arrested after long standoff and battering ex-wife

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Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 8:10 am

BRADENTON, Fla. - A Bradenton man is facing battery charges after deputies say he battered his ex-wife and an innocent bystander.

It happened Monday afternoon at the 200 block of Cape Harbor Loop in Bradenton.  According to a Sheriff's Office report, Erik Clark got into a fight with his ex-wife. During the altercation he struck her with an unknown object, and then struck an innocent bystander who tried to intervene.

Clark then fled the scene and was located a short time later 600 block of 67th Street Circle East.  He held a knife to his own throat and attempted to slash himself when deputies arrived.  After a long standoff, Clark was was taken to the ground and disarmed.  He was taken to the hospital for treatment.  No deputies were injured.

UPDATE by Joe Bardi on May 7 at 12:51 p.m.: After our story ran, Erik Clark's ex-wife, Nicole Clark, reached out in an attempt to correct what she she characterizes as misstatements in the police report. Nicole stated emphatically via email that Erik did not "attempt" to slash his throat, "He DID slash his throat and lost half of the blood in his body. He was bayflighted to blake and was in surgery for over an hour, and he remains there in ICU."

As to the alleged battery, Nicole declined to comment on the specific charge, though she did say, "I would like to stress that I am fine! I required ZERO medical attention, and I was not really harmed in any way. Saying it was a battery just sounds so harsh. I understand this is a 'story' and people like hearing the gory details, but there is much more to what happened then [sic] what was reported. Take time to think about what must be going on in a persons head to slit his own throat. That is not the typical response from a man who does not want to be arrested! Perhaps the real story is the lack of mental health support and resources in our county and in our state that contribute to a man doing these horrible things!

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  • PlanetJ posted at 12:15 am on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    PlanetJ Posts: 1

    I personally know Erik quite well. I dated him for brief period. He was my roommate in college, too. He's not a wife beater, or an ex wife beater - even the victim said that here. He's a good person who has some problems. He always stood up for women. This is unfortunate they publicized mental illness like this. Love you Erik.

  • Jill1234 posted at 12:09 pm on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    Jill1234 Posts: 1

    Does anyone know how Erik is doing?

  • jenabear520 posted at 10:08 am on Thu, May 8, 2014.

    jenabear520 Posts: 1

    the problem here is people suffer from a mental illness where they hear voices that torment them night and day and they become paranoid and therefore suspect the government and all authority figures medically police ect are out to get them. these people are truly suffering and it takes them doing something drastic to get put into a crisis unit for merely 3 days to be spit back out into society. you cant just assume they do this stuff because they are "bad people". When people are not medicated they do self medication like drinking an entire bottle of alcohol to drown out the voices, in the process do things they don't normally do. not saying violence is ever OK. just saying there is more to a story and this guy wanted to die. wanted the cops to kill him and when they didn't took matters into his own hands. if you don't know the whole story who are are you to judge? he is someones brother son and father. and we love him. all we want is to help him. we suffer with this illness too.

  • dolphfan39 posted at 4:21 pm on Tue, May 6, 2014.

    dolphfan39 Posts: 2

    When are we as a society going to stop accepting this kind of behavior? Men who beat woman, child abusers/predators, and people who commit rape need to be punished harshly. I'm up for public stoning.


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