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Fired worker attacked boss with hammer, Pasco deputies say

New Port Richey

Fired worker attacked boss, deputies say

It was two weeks before Christmas when William Wayne Jordan was fired. His boss came to the construction site where Jordan was working to deliver the news.

Pasco deputies say he and another worker responded with fists, then a hammer.

The fight broke out just after noon Dec. 12, at a home construction site at 1350 Halapa Way, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Jordan and another worker, Brian Coffelt, exchanged punches with the victim, deputies said.

While the victim and Coffelt, 32, were tussling, the report states, Jordan, 27, swung a hammer and connected with the left side of the victim's head. The beating broke the victim's glasses and left him bruised and bloody. He was medically cleared at the scene, the Sheriff's Office said.

Jordan and Coffelt, who are cousins, both denied Jordan hit the victim with a hammer, the report states.

Detective Daniel Toner said the arrest came two months after the incident because it took time to investigate the attack, interview the victim and amass enough evidence to arrest Jordan. After the interviews, Toner said, Coffelt was not listed as a suspect in the case.

Jordan, of Wesley Chapel, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of aggravated battery. He was already at the jail, where he'd been booked the previous day to serve 359 days for driving with a suspended license and reckless driving. He remains at the Land O'Lakes jail without bail.

Times staff

Fired worker attacked boss with hammer, Pasco deputies say 03/02/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 2, 2013 12:45pm]
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