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Man carrying concealed weapon arrested after altercation at Lake Worth polling location

Deputies say 68-year-old slapped phone out of man's hand

A 68-year-old man carrying a concealed weapon is placed in handcuffs after slapping a cellphone out of another man's hand during an altercation outside a Lake Worth voting location.
A 68-year-old man carrying a concealed weapon is placed in handcuffs after slapping a cellphone out of another man's hand during an altercation outside a Lake Worth voting location. (Ted White/WPBF)


LAKE WORTH, Fla. – A man was arrested Tuesday after assaulting a voter at a polling location in Lake Worth.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to an altercation between two men at the Palm Beach County Therapeutic Recreation Complex on Lake Worth Road.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Teri Barbera said the men got into a verbal dispute after a 39-year-old man was recording a 68-year-old man with his cellphone.

Barbera said the 68-year-old man "didn't appreciate being videotaped," so he slapped the phone out of the younger man's hand, knocking it to the ground.

The 39-year-old man told deputies that he feared for his safety because the older man had a gun.

Barbera said the 68-year-old man didn't threaten the man with his gun, but he "made it known he had a weapon."

Deputies determined that the man with the gun had a concealed weapons permit.

The 68-year-old man was arrested on charges of simple battery and criminal mischief. He was placed in handcuffs but received a written notice to appear in court at a later date.

Barbera said the 39-year-old man isn't facing any charges.


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