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Landlord punched 68-year-old tenant, Pinellas deputies say

SEMINOLE — A 50-year-old landlord was arrested on a charge of battery on a person 65 years or older after Pinellas deputies said he punched his 68-year-old female tenant in the chest.

James Richard McArthur, of 9825 Harrell Ave. in Treasure Island, was being held in the Pinellas County jail on Friday afternoon in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Deputies said the victim, who has an adopted 8-year-old son, was confronted by McArthur about 5:30 p.m. Thursday for falling behind on her rent at the Seminole property.

McArthur screamed at the woman, deputies said, then struck her in the chest so hard that he left a visible bruise. He also did it in front of the child and a neighbor, deputies said.

Later McArthur admitted to yelling at the tenant, according to a Sheriff's Office report, but denied hitting her.

McArthur, a Canadian citizen, told deputies he wanted to question their witness and that they had no right to arrest him. He was arrested just after midnight Friday.

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Landlord punched 68-year-old tenant, Pinellas deputies say 05/28/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 28, 2010 6:09pm]
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