The Bizarre World of Florida

Senior beatdown? Woman, 83, answers insult with hammer blow March 16, 2015

When a Holly Hill man tried to help his longtime partner who was falling out of bed, the woman slapped him and later attacked him with a hammer, police said.

83Anna Robertson, 83, was charged with battery on a person 65 years or older and aggravated battery causing bodily harm. Initially jailed without bail, Robertson was released Thursday afternoon on her own recognizance, court records show. She could not be reached Friday.

Holly Hill police said they were called to the Jarecki home at 7:04 a.m. Thursday where Bobby Miller, 80, reported that Robertson was falling out of bed and he tried to help her but Robertson slapped him in the face, bending his glasses and causing his eye to swell.

Miller said he went to the living room to watch television and 30 minutes later, Robertson came into the living room and hit him in the head with a hammer, police said.

Robertson told police Miller insulted her by calling her a degrading name, so she hit him in the head with the hammer, reports state.

Police said they found the hammer on a counter in the living with a small pool of blood underneath it.

Miller, who said he had been living with Robertson for more than 40 years, had a swollen left eye and a lump on top of his head, police said.


Man swung hatchet at mom, 70, over music feud January 23, 2015

A Gainesville man was arrested on multiple charges Wednesday evening on allegations he swung a hatchet at his mother, threw her to the ground and beat her after she asked him to turn down the volume of his music, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office reported.

UntitledDavid Eden Fett, 47, of 3223 NW 142nd Ave., was charged with aggravated battery of a person age 65 or older, domestic battery by strangulation, displaying a weapon during a felony and committing an act that could cause death, his arrest report states.

Deputy Joel Morris, who was dispatched to the home Wednesday evening, arrived to find Fett outside saying his mother was on the ground inside, but he was unable to say how she ended up there. She is 70 years old.

“The victim was covered in a blanket and had her hands and arms pulled close to her body. The victim appeared very afraid as I knelt next to her and continuously was looking at the defendant and then back at me,” Morris wrote. “While kneeling by the victim, she repeated multiple times ‘don’t leave me’ in a hushed tone. The victim was shaking uncontrollably and was looking very nervous and afraid.”

After another deputy got Fett out of the room, his mother told Morris that Fett was intoxicated and had been outside listening to loud music, the report states. He became angry when she asked him to turn it down, got a hatchet and swung it at her so close she felt wind on her face from the swing.

The woman told Morris that Fett threw the hatchet down and then threw her down. The report states she told deputies that Fett struck her about 10 times in the neck, stomach and legs. He then allegedly sat on her, pinched her nose closed and covered her mouth before eventually getting up.

Under questioning by ASO, Fett said his mother was having delusions and that he got the hatchet because she had told him that people were outside.

“I asked the defendant why he raised the hatchet over his head, the defendant replied ‘to get rid of it,’ “ Morris wrote. “I asked the defendant about choking the victim. The defendant advised he did this only to get the victim not to go outside. The defendant was speaking irrationally and had a difficult time staying on topic.”

Fett has a lengthy arrest recording including convictions for DUI, theft and illegal use of credit cards.


Rachel Hayes Accused Of Slapping Grandmother For Refusing Facebook Friend Request December 23, 2014

Deputies arrested a Clearwater woman on Thursday after they said she slapped an elderly woman for refusing to accept her Facebook friend request.

1418987581247According to deputies, 27-year-old Rachel Anne Hayes became engaged in verbal argument with a 72-year-old woman, after the woman refused her Facebook friend request because she felt the name that Hayes was using on Facebook was inappropriate.

The woman told Hayes she would be willing to accept the request if she would change the name, deputies said.

According to deputies, Hayes became upset when the woman refused and walked out of the home. When she returned, the two re-engaged in an argument at the front door of the home.

Deputies said Hayes slapped the woman several times, before the woman was able to retreat into the home and lock the door.

When deputies responded, the Hayes had already left the home.

Through their investigation, deputies were able to arrest Hayes and charge her with felony aggravated battery on an elderly person.

Hayes was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.


Man, 26, punches 80-year-old during foul language feud October 1, 2014

A man was arrested on Sunday after deputies say he punched an elderly man who asked him to stop using foul language inside a Port Orange Applebee’s.

sfl-flduh-foul-language-feud-20140930-001Police said Mikie Dominic Sawyer, 26, was talking obscenities at the bar at the Dunlawton Avenue Applebees just before 80-year-old Harry Sander approached him and asked him politely to stop using the “F” word, and to stop talking so (in expletives) and loudly about body parts.

Sanders told police Sawyer said he didn’t have to stop cursing if he didn’t want to before punching Sanders in the face and pushing him to the ground.

A witness to the disturbance told police he also heard Sawyer cursing loudly and reiterated to police how Sanders had described the incident.

The witness said after Sanders asked Sawyer to stop, Sawyer told him, “I don’t care where you are from, whether it be Russian or Dutch, take your (expletive) to the other side of the bar,” before punching him.

Police said several other witnesses described the incident similarly. However, one man said he thought Sanders may have also pushed Sawyer.

Sawyer left the restaurant before police arrived, but was later pulled over after police got a description of his vehicle.

Sawyer told police that Sander was the one who actually punched him, but a police report stated that while Sawyer had no bruising to his face, he did have discoloration and bruising to his knuckles and fingers.

Police arrested Sawyer and was charged with battery on a person over 65 years of age and disorderly conduct.

Sawyer was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail, where he is being held on a $2,500 bond.


Man hurled chair at granny during feud over dirty shoes September 22, 2014

A Deltona man who didn’t like his grandmother telling him to take off his shoes hit the woman with a kitchen chair, Volusia County deputies said.

sfl-flduh-chair-granny-dirty-shoes-20140919-001And when investigating deputies asked Justin Penner’s father, Mark Penner, what happened during the incident Thursday about 2:20 p.m., the dad said, “All he did was hit her with the chair,” deputies wrote in their report. The victim is Mark Penner’s mother.

Penner, 29, was charged with aggravated battery on a person 65 year of age or older. Penner is being held with no bail allowed in the Volusia County Branch Jail, records show.

Jean Penner, 77, flagged down deputies while in a parking lot on Saxon Boulevard and reported she had been battered in her Normandy Boulevard home, sheriff’s reports state.

Jean Penner said she lives in constant fear of her grandson who lives with her, investigators said.

The elderly woman reported she told Justin Penner not to walk in the residence with his shoes on because he was tracking in dirt. Justin Penner got upset and threw a kitchen chair at her, striking her in the left leg, deputies said.

After hurting his grandmother, Justin Penner left the home with his father but was arrested when he returned home, deputies said.


Man gets beatdown after refusing permission for marriage August 27, 2014

Sheriff’s deputies say an Ocalan beat an older man Monday who refused to give him permission to get married.

James Kane, 40, faces a charge of felony domestic battery on a person over 65, according to a Marion County Sheriff’s Office report.

sfl-flduh-beatdown-marriage-20140826-001Kane told Deputy Doreen Casolo he asked the 72-year-old man for permission to marry a girlfriend and the older man said no. That made him angry, Kane said, and he punched the man repeatedly.

The victim had cuts on his face, including his cheek and the middle of his forehead. His face was also red and bruised.

The older man told deputies he had fallen down the stairs and did not want to press any charges because Kane has bipolar disorder and had not been taking his medications, according to the report. The man said Kane did take his medicine on the day of the incident.

Kane was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail.

Deputies did not explain the relationship between the two men.


To grandmother’s house we go to rob and assault August 14, 2014

sfl-flduh-grandma-stole-jewelry-20140813-001A Port Orange woman who wanted money for a hotel room to spend the night with her husband was arrested after police said the woman assaulted, burglarized and stole jewelry from her 84-year-old grandmother.

The husband did nothing to stop the wife from committing the crime, police said.

Brigitte Matzke, 25, and Alex Caldwell, 26, were each charged with burglary with assault/battery, battery on a person 65 years or older, false imprisonment, grand theft, possession of methamphetamine and intimidating or threatening a witness.

Matzke was being held Tuesday in the Volusia County Branch Jail on $56,500 bail while her husband had no bail allowed, arrest and jail records show.

According to Port Orange police, officers were called to an apartment at the Legacy At Crystal Lakes at 9:40 p.m. Monday by a neighbor who heard the commotion and saw the grandmother outside crying.

The neighbor reported hearing a loud argument, screaming, and loud banging sounds inside the apartment and decided to call authorities.

Investigators said Brigitte Matzke and her husband went to Aida Matzke’s Floral Springs Boulevard home Monday after being out all day, packed some of her belongings and demanded that her grandmother give her $80 so she and her husband could stay at a hotel.

When the grandmother said she didn’t have the money, Brigitte Matzke forced her way into her grandmother’s bedroom. The older woman tried to stop her granddaughter from entering the room but the younger woman grabbed her grandmother, ripped her bra off, twisted her wrists and stole jewelry, police said.

Brigitte took $1,900 of items including jewelry and a cellphone and ran out and left with Caldwell, police said.



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