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Man charged with attack landlord with machete

The machete is the weapon of choice of Jason Voorhees, the main character in the 'Friday the...
The machete is the weapon of choice of Jason Voorhees, the main character in the 'Friday the 13th' film series. (Source: Lesea Broadcasting)
Updated: Nov. 24, 2018 at 11:17 AM EST
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida man attacked his elderly landlord with a machete after the older man confronted the tenant about unpaid rent.

News outlets report that 48-year-old Jimmie Lee Leeks was arrested in Fort Lauderdale and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Police say 89-year-old Maurice Blanchar was renting a studio apartment in his backyard to Leeks. Blanchar told police he went to talk to Leeks about late rent money on Wednesday and said Leeks pulled out a machete and tried to kill him. Blanchar suffered cuts to his arm, head and leg but was able to somewhat defend himself with a cane.

Jail records didn’t list an attorney for Leeks.

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