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‘Kill ’em with kindness:’ Florida man with ‘kindness’ written on knife accused of assault

USA Today

January 13, 2019 7:28 pmFollow

A Florida man is accused of cutting a man with a machete-style knife moments after he was heard threatening to kill someone “with kindness.”

Bryan Stewart, 30, is accused of using the knife — with the word “kindness” written on it — to cut his neighbor after the neighbor came to the home because he was concerned about occupants in the house.

A neighbor told Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies that he heard yelling and banging at his neighbor’s house in the 6400 block of Bruce Lane all day.

Bryan Stewart(Photo: Courtesy of the Santa Rosa County Jail Log)

The victim, another neighbor, said that around midnight he could hear Stewart say to someone in the house that he was going to “kill ’em with kindness,” according to the Stewart’s arrest report.

When the first neighbor approached the house to tell Stewart to keep it down, Stewart came out of the house with a knife raised in an upward motion, according to the report.

At that point, the victim stepped in front of the man and blocked Stewart’s attempted knife strike. As a result, the man told deputies he suffered a half-inch cut on his left hand.

When Stewart was arrested, deputies say his breath smelled of alcohol and they had to repeat things to the suspect numerous times.

Stewart had to be stunned with a Taser in order to be detained inside of the patrol car, his report said, and also had to be hobbled after he repeatedly kicked and banged his head inside the car.

Stewart was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill and aggravated battery. Stewart is in Santa Rosa County Jail on $20,000 bond.

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