[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 09/04/20]
LEESBURG, Florida — An argument between neighbors over loud talking landed one man in the hospital with a collapsed lung and another man in jail last week, according to an arrest affidavit.
Kenneth A. Haugen, 51, is alleged to have been talking loudly on the phone around 10 p.m. Aug. 24, when his neighbor, who later became his victim, yelled over a fence at him, according to the affidavit. Haugen yelled back at the neighbor to come over and Haugen would “kick his (expletive).” The victim started towards Haugen’s house on Hanson Avenue and Haugen is alleged to have pointed a gun at the victim’s head, the affidavit states.
It is alleged the victim slapped the gun away and Haugen stabbed him in the chest with a 12-inch knife. The victim pulled the knife from his chest, left the area and was helped by another neighbor to the hospital. The victim went to UF Health where he was found to have a collapsed lung and major internal bleeding, according to the affidavit; he was later flown to a trauma center for treatment. His condition at press time was unknown.
Haugen called Leesburg Police and admitted to an LPD detective he stabbed the victim, but repeatedly denied he pointed the gun at his head. Haugen surrendered the gun upon the detective’s request, and it was found to have a round in the chamber, according to the affidavit.
Haugen was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery, bodily harm and arrested on Thursday. He was released from the Lake County Jail on $10,000 bond.
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