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Man pulls knife during argument in Brooksvile homeless camp, deputies say

Tribune staff

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A homeless man was charged with threatening another person with a steak knife after an argument in Brooksville, deputies said.

Clifford Eugene Gaynor, 54, faces aggravated assault charges after the incident, which happened in a homeless camp near the intersection of Cortez Boulevard and Ray Browning Road around 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Gaynor was drinking with a man and a woman when the men got into an argument, according to a report from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. Gaynor started “going crazy,” pulled a steak knife out and threatened to kill the victim, the report said.

Gaynor was yelling profanities and chasing the victim and eventually threw the knife at him but hit a tree instead, according to the report. Gaynor then tried to get his pit bull to attack the victim, but the dog would not obey, the report said.

The victim finally got Gaynor to leave.

When interviewed by deputies, Gaynor appeared extremely intoxicated and didn’t really know what was going on, deputies said.

He had the steak knife in his back pocket with the blade sticking out, deputies said.

Gaynor said he argued with a man in the woods about a woman they had both been romantically involved with but that was all, according to the report.

Gaynor was taken to the Hernando County Detention Center and was being held on $2,000 bond.

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