Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Neighbours brawled over feeding ducks

A South Florida man is home from the hospital after he says he was attacked by a neighbour when he told him to stop feeding a Muscovy duck and her ducklings. The incident occurred at around 4pm at the Park City West mobile home on Sunday. David Lawn says he is not a fan of people feeding the ducks. "These things are just defiant. They are spoiled by these, I don't know what's wrong with these people but they have to have the affection of them," said Lawn.

Lawn said for several months he has asked his neighbour, Quinten Putnam, to stop feeding the Muscovy ducks. On Sunday, Lawn said Putnam was feeding a duck and her ducklings. Lawn asked him to stop feeding the ducks. Putnam became angry and struck Lawn several times in the face, chest and kicked him on his side. "When he's on top of me and he's pounding with the heel of his hand," said Lawn. "Then he jumped on me .... and I couldn't really stop him."

Witness Eddie Eppler was in the neighbourhood and called police immediately. "Just punching him in the face continually. I mean, I thought the guy was unconscious," said Eppler. Police arrived on the scene and arrested Putnam. He suffered several non-life threatening injuries. Lawn, who is over 65 years old, was taken to the hospital.

Putnam appeared in bond court on Monday. "Allegedly, you tackled him because he didn't want you feeding the ducks, and allegedly you struck him several times in the face after you pinned him on the ground, then got up and kicked him in on the side," said Broward County Judge John Hurley. Putnam is being held on a $1,500 bond. Hurley ordered Putnam, who had a large bandage on his head, to stay 50 feet away from his neighbour.

With news video.


Barbwire said...

I can imagine the back story on this--years of nagging at the guy to quit feeding the ducks, a pastime he really enjoyed, and then SNAP!

arbroath said...

Hahaha, I'll bet! :)