Largo man accused in samurai sword attack

LARGO — Largo police arrested a man who attacked another person with a sword during an altercation Tuesday, an arrest affidavit shows.

Justin Beckwith, 22, of Largo faces a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Authorities said they seized a samurai sword from Beckwith.

The exact location of the crime and the identity of the victim are redacted in the arrest warrant.

According to police reports, Beckwith allegedly was in a heated argument because he thought the person he is accused of attacking had used his money and a personal belonging to buy narcotics. He grabbed the sword and charged, cutting the victim's hand and hitting the victim with the sword's sheath, authorities said.

Beckwith is being held on $10,000 bail at the Pinellas County Jail.

Largo man accused in samurai sword attack 05/29/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 6:33pm]

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