Deputies: Man injures brother with sword over synthetic marijuana

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Deputies arrested a Port Charlotte man Sunday after they say he was swinging a sword and cut his brother over an argument about buying synthetic marijuana.

23-year-old William Voswinkel, Jr. has been charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon.

Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies responded at 3:20pm to the Voswinkel home in the 2100 block of Starlite Lane in Port Charlotte concerning an argument between Voswinkel and his 21 year old brother that resulted in an injury. According to deputies, there were several people in and outside the home when they arrived, but were all uncooperative at first and refused to provide any information. The home was in total disarray and there was blood throughout the house and on the floor.

Deputies were able to determine that Voswinkel went into a room where a collection of various knives and swords were kept, picked up a sword, and began swinging it. He told deputies he was very upset from the argument over the synthetic marijuana and was swinging the sword in anger.

His brother entered the room, and as the sword was twirling he put his hand out and grabbed the sword by the blade in defense of the blade striking him. The sword lacerated his right hand between the thumb and index finger.

Voswinkel also told deputies he was so emotional that he walked out of the room and smashed his fist through the fish tank, cutting his hand.

Charlotte County EMS was called and the injured brother refused treatment; Voswinkel was treated at the scene.

Voswinkel, a convicted felon, was arrested and taken to the Charlotte County Jail, where he remains in jail on no bond.