[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 03/31/20]
PAISLEY, Florida — An accusation of cheating resulted in the attack of two people and a trip to jail for one man Friday.
Lake County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a complaint of a fight involving weapons on Veva Avenue in Paisley around 2:15 p.m. Friday. The female victim told deputies Christopher Wayne McWilliams, 34, confronted her in a “fit of rage” and accused her of cheating on him and repeatedly pushed his finger into her chest.
The woman walked away and McWilliams followed her, threw his hat at her, hitting her in the head and pushed her into a golf cart, according to an arrest affidavit. The victim got up and McWilliams allegedly began choking her until a man intervened. The man told McWilliams to leave and he exited the property; he quickly came back with a large wrench and began swinging it at the man. According to the affidavit, the man armed himself with a baseball bat and the pair began striking each other with their respective weapons. McWilliams put the man in a headlock and another neighbor broke up the fight. That neighbor told McWilliams deputies were on their way and McWilliams fled into a heavily-wooded area.
Deputies used numerous LCSO resources to locate McWilliams and finally found him about one half mile from the incident. McWilliams had changed his clothes and was suffering from a head laceration and a dog bite from the dog of the man he attacked with the wrench, the affidavit states. Lake EMS transported McWilliams to the hospital for his injuries and he was later booked into the Lake County Jail.
McWilliams is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, domestic battery by strangulation and trespass on property with a dangerous weapon. He is being held on $20,000 bond.
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