The popular expression, “kill them with kindness,” is all about seeking revenge through peaceful measures, but one Florida man may be guilty of taking the phrase too literally (on top of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon).
Bryan Duane Stewart, 30, allegedly threatened his neighbor over the weekend with just that phrase - the origins of which can be found in Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," for you literary enthusiasts - except in this case it referred to his machete-style knife with the word "kindness" etched into it, according to Stewart's arrest report, cited by the Pensacola News Journal.
A neighbor said he heard yelling and banging coming from Stewart’s home in Pace all day. He went over to Stewart’s house to ask him to be quiet and apparently that didn’t go over too well.
Stewart’s accused of responding by running out of his house with his knife “kindness,” which he allegedly was holding in an upward motion, according to the Pensacola News Journal.
Another neighbor stepped in the middle of the altercation, and allegedly suffered a half-inch cut on his left hand.
When sheriff’s deputies arrested Stewart they said he smelled of alcohol, WEAR-TV in Pensacola reported. They stunned Stewart with a Taser before arresting him. Even after the tasing, he allegedly kicked and banged his head while inside the patrol car.
Stewart has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery of a person with a deadly weapon. He is being held on a $20,000 bond. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.
[Photo: Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Department]
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