Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Public safety

Attack on neighbor leads to attempted murder charge in Hillsborough

TAMPA — A man shattered a large glass bottle over the head of a neighbor who was visiting the man's girlfriend early Saturday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

David J. Lewis, 25, of Tampa faces an attempted murder charge.

It started about 4 a.m. at the Breezewood Mobile Home Park on Skipper Road, near the University area. The neighbor had been chatting with the girlfriend in the mobile home she shared with Lewis, according to an arrest affidavit.

Lewis walked in and began striking the neighbor, punching him about 25 times in the head, authorities said.

The girlfriend tried to break up the fight, authorities said. But the neighbor fell to the floor, unconscious.

Lewis turned and punched his girlfriend in the face, authorities said. Then, they said, he grabbed an empty Captain Morgan rum bottle from the top of the television and hit the unconscious neighbor over the head with it, shattering the bottle.

He punched his girlfriend again and took her cellphone and keys, authorities said. He told her to leave and call the police.

The affidavit said he added this: "If you tell the police I'm the one who did this, I will kill you."

Lewis left and started his girlfriend's car. But then he came back inside and kicked the unconscious neighbor before driving away, authorities said.

The neighbor, who authorities identified as 25-year-old Robert Price, was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

Deputies arrested Lewis late Saturday in Riverview. Jail records show he is a self-employed tattooist who goes by the nickname "Skooby."

Lewis was booked in Hillsborough County jail Sunday on charges of attempted murder in the second degree, felony battery and grand theft of a motor vehicle. He also faces two counts of violating probation on previous charges and was being held without bail.

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