HUDSON — At the homeless camp, the conversation turned to money, then into an argument. Around 7:30 Monday evening, Pasco deputies said, Richard Allen Wharton accused his girlfriend of holding out on cash.
Then he grabbed a baseball bat and hit her across the left side of the face, deputies said. They found her at the camp, on the northeast corner of Hicks Road and Kitten Trail, her face swollen and bloody.
Wharton, 35, denied any physical contact. "It should be noted, both parties appeared severely intoxicated," the Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states.
Wharton, whose address is listed as the camp, was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery. He remained Tuesday at the Land O'Lakes jail on $10,000 bail.