Philadelphia police officers arrested in Indian Rocks Beach

Paul Seeger, left, Cindy Caine and Frank Bonett

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH — Two off-duty Philadelphia police officers and one retired Philadelphia police officer spent a few hours in the Pinellas County jail May 1 after they were arrested following a domestic dispute in Indian Rocks Beach.

Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at Crabby Bill’s Restaurant, 401 Gulf Blvd. in Indian Rocks Beach about 11 p.m. April 30, regarding a complaint of a domestic battery that occurred at the business.

When deputies arrived, a witness at the restaurant pointed out a man who had reportedly pushed a woman. The man was later identified as Paul Seeger, 55, from Pennsylvania. The woman was his wife, Cindy Caine, 44. Seeger is a retired Philadelphia police officer and Caine currently works for the Philadelphia Police Department.

Deputies say Seeger and Caine were arguing near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and First Street. A deputy approached the couple and called out to them. But, they just looked at the deputy and began walking away.

Deputies say Seeger continued walking away after being told multiple times to stop. The deputy then grabbed Seeger’s arm to stop the man from leaving. Seeger resisted, and Caine forcefully pushed the deputy’s arm away helping Seeger break free.

A third man, later identified as Frank Bonett, 44, another Philadelphia police officer, also approached the deputy and started making verbal threats. Deputies say Bonett removed his shirt, clinched his fists, and shouted profanities at the deputy. Bonett continued to advance aggressively after being told numerous times to stay away.

Deputies say Seeger then turned and started approaching the deputy in an angry and hostile manner. The deputy warned Seeger and Bonett to stop but Seeger refused. The deputy deployed an electronic control weapon striking Seeger, but it was ineffective.

Deputies say Seeger took a combative stance, and the deputy “conducted a takedown maneuver,” placing Seeger on the ground. Seeger resisted the deputy and a violent struggle ensued. Seeger was eventually handcuffed and taken into custody.

Responding deputies took Bonett and Caine into custody.

Caine was charged with one count of battery on a law enforcement officer. She was booked into the Pinellas County Jail about 12:50 a.m. May 1. Bail was set at $5,000. She was released on surety bond at 11:47 a.m. the same day.

Bonett was charged with one count of assault on a law enforcement officer. He was booked into the county jail about 12:51 a.m. Bail was set at $150. He was released on cash bond about 11 a.m. May 1.

Seeger was charged with one count of domestic battery and one count of resisting an officer with violence. He was booked into the county jail at 3 a.m. May 1. Bail was set at $1,000. He was released on cash bond at 8:37 p.m.

Deputies say Caine and Seeger were uncooperative during the investigation. Deputies believe alcohol was a factor in the case.