Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Man Accused of Swinging Ax at Father

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Man Accused of Swinging Ax at Father

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

An argument Sunday afternoon ended with the arrest of a 42-year-old Mandarin man on a charge of aggravated battery after he was accused of lunging at his 69-year-old father with an ax in their home in the 3900 block of Laurelwood Drive.

Police said the two men were arguing about the clothes dryer at 3 p.m. when the younger man got angry and went to his room. When he came out, he was carrying an ax, which he swung at the older man, police said.

The father tried to get out of the way but was hit in the shoulder with the blunt end of the ax. The victim's younger son witnessed the attack, grabbed a lug wrench and put himself between the battling men to protect his father, while his mother called police.

Meanwhile, a 43-year-old Mandarin man was arrested April 3 on two counts of battery and one of assault. He was accused of threatening his estranged wife after he burst into a bedroom of a home in the 12000 block of Condor Drive and found her in bed with another man, police said.

The man and woman were asleep at 9 p.m. when the other man walked in and began throwing or knocking pictures off the bed stand, police said. The intruder began fighting with the man in bed, and the woman's head was gashed by a picture frame that fell or was thrown, police said. Before he ran from the home, the intruder threatened to kill the woman, police said.

Police tracked the suspect to an apartment in the 3900 block of Sunbeam Road and he was arrested after questioning. The man and his wife have been separated for nine months.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in the Mandarin and Northwest St. Johns County areas, according to the Jacksonville and St. Johns County sheriffs offices:

DUVAL

-- Two masked men jumped a Lil' Champ employee as he was closing shop late Sunday, and made off with an undetermined amount of cash after holding a gun to his head.

Police said the 63-year-old employee was working at 9 p. …

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