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Knife-wielding man arrested


Published:   |   Updated: July 5, 2013 at 10:44 PM

BROOKSVILLE - A Brooksville man was booked on charges of aggravated assault with a weapon and trespassing on Thursday after backing his vehicle into a Lake Lindsey driveway and then trying to provoke a fight with the resident.

A Hernando County Sheriff's Office arrest affidavit shows that after arriving at the property. David Lhotka, 50, pulled a buck knife out of a sheath and approached the victim.

"You want to fight a Marine?" Lhotka yelled, beating his chest. "Call the (expletive) police! I'm a Marine."

The victim backed off and Lhotka left, but returned after deputies arrived at the home, according to the affidavit.

Lhotka has trespassed at the same residence before, according to the sheriff's office.

When questioned by law enforcement, Lhotka said his neighbor knocked over his garbage can.

Lhotka was booked at the Hernando County Jail, and is being held in lieu of $8,000 bond.

Court records show Lhotka had his adjudication withheld on charges of petit theft and marijuana possession in May and was sentenced to six months probation by Judge Kurt Hitzemann.

Records also show Lhotka has been the respondent in a repeat violence and domestic violence petition in the past.

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