On the face of it, things aren’t looking good for one Florida man.
Justin Couch — a man with a tattoo of a machete prominently featured on his face — stands accused of using an actual machete to violently attack another man Saturday night in Spring Hill, Florida.
The face-off between the two men allegedly occurred around 10 p.m. on Saturday after the two men had been at a home where several people were “having a gathering,” according to a statement from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim told authorities he had returned to the home — where he lives — to take a shower when Couch began to argue with him “for no reason,” authorities said.
The man asked Couch to step outside to discuss the dispute away from other guests. When the two men got outside, the man told authorities Couch approached him with the machete aggressively.
Couch allegedly told the man he wanted him to leave the property. Authorities said the man agreed to leave but wanted to go back inside to get his wallet and cell phone first.
That request did not sit well with Couch, authorities claim. “There’s nothing here for you, leave,” Couch allegedly said.
When the victim insisted again that he wanted to go back inside to get his things, authorities said Couch began to strike the man in the leg and arm with the flat side of the machete’s blade.
The situation escalated after Couch allegedly swung the machete at the man’s face. The man used his left arm to block the attack and his forearm was apparently sliced by the blade.
“The victim felt severe pain and then passed out,” the sheriff’s office said.
The victim later tracked Couch down at another residence. There, Couch reportedly gave him a ride to another home where an “unknown friend” agreed to take him to the hospital.
“The victim is currently unable to use or move his left hand due to the severity of the injury he sustained,” authorities said.
Deputies took Couch into custody Tuesday just after 4 p.m.
He has been charged with aggravated battery and is being held on a $10,000 bond, authorities said. It is not clear if he is available for comment.
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