A Leesburg man is being held in Lake County Jail for allegedly assaulting a man who wouldn’t lend him more money.
Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 60-year-old Thomas Kitchen of 1105 Cypress St. on June 9 and charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief. A warrant had been issued for Kitchen after the incident, which occurred on the evening of May 25 at the victim’s residence on Fern Drive.
The victim told a deputy that Kitchen had come to his house to borrow money, but he refused to lend it to him because Kitchen already owed him. He said the two men got into a fight and Kitchen grabbed a hammer and started hitting the windshield of the victim’s car, causing about $2,000 in damage. The victim said that while trying to stop Kitchen from damaging the vehicle, he was hit in the left forearm and left hand with the hammer. The deputy observed that the victim’s forearm and hand were bleeding and severely swollen, according to the report from the sheriff’s office.
The victim said Kitchen also hit him in the stomach with the hammer and pushed him to the ground. Lake EMS was called in to treat the victim’s injuries, but he refused transport to hospital, according to the report.
Deputies searched the area for Kitchen but could not find him. Jail records show he has had a handful of prior arrests dating back to 2019, including one in March this year for beating an elderly person and one in March 2021 for domestic battery (one or more prior offences).
Kitchen is being held on $7,000 bail and is due in Lake County court on July 5.