MOON LAKE — The friends gathered last Saturday night at Vanessa Chiaramonte's house to celebrate her 21st birthday. People sat outside the mobile home talking, drinking beer, when a man with a buzzcut turned to a shirtless man sporting a tattoo of a clown and said, "Ready to do this?"
Witnesses described what happened next, but they didn't have the names. They referred to the men by their features: Buzzcut and Clown Tattoo.
Buzzcut grabbed a wooden stick — a furniture leg, or maybe a baseball bat — and whacked Johnathan Sheeks, 16, in the head until he collapsed.
Clown Tattoo pounded on Jade Williams, 19. Buzzcut smashed a beer bottle on Williams' head.
An all-out melee ensued at 12807 Tinley Road, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Another guest took a blow to the head. Yet another was slammed in the back and the leg. When the birthday girl tried to break up the brawl, Buzzcut rapped her wrist with the wooden stick.
Three bleeding guests ran into the house.
"The guys went nuts on everybody," one of them told Lisa Chiaramonte, the birthday girl's mother.
Chiaramonte, 49, told Buzzcut and Clown Tattoo to leave. They ignored her and kept fighting.
So Chiaramonte's live-in boyfriend, Bryant Leggett, 51, retrieved his shotgun and went outside.
Leave, he ordered.
Shoot us, they replied.
Buzzcut then grabbed the gun and tried to pull it from Leggett's hands. Lisa Chiaramonte jumped into the struggle, and the gun butted her in the head. Clown Tattoo hit Leggett over the head, and Buzzcut took the shotgun.
The duo jumped into their girlfriends' cars and took off.
Deputies responded shortly after midnight to sort out who started the fight and why. They concluded Buzzcut was Eddie Davis, 20, and Clown Tattoo was Kurtis Carman, 21. As best they could tell, "there (was) some jealousy over Vanessa between the suspects and some of the male victims," according to a report.
They caught up with Carman two hours later. A police dog found him hiding under a tree outside his girlfriend's house, according to the sheriff's report.
Deputies also called Davis' mother, and asked her to have her son contact them. He agreed to meet authorities Wednesday afternoon at his mother's house, where he was arrested.
Davis, of 13115 Sheridan Drive in Hudson, was charged with one count of robbery, two counts of aggravated battery and four counts of simple battery. He remained Friday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $30,600 bail.
Carman, of 7018 Bougenville Drive in Port Richey, was charged with aggravated battery and simple battery. He remained Friday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,150 bail.