Monday, June 25, 2018
Public safety

Man blinded after brutal attack in Largo parking lot

LARGO — A Palm Harbor man faces an attempted murder charge after police said he beat another man to the point of blinding him.

Philip Anthony Caldwell, 47, was at a family gathering at the Brittany Bay Apartments complex at 1201 Seminole Blvd. on June 10 when he became upset after Gregory White, 57, argued with Caldwell's teenage son.

Caldwell and his son later escorted White, who was drunk, to his car, where he fell asleep, according to an arrest affidavit. But moments later, Caldwell returned, beat him with a blunt object and ran away, police said.

White was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where doctors found his left hand, jaw and several facial bones were broken, an affidavit shows. He also sustained fractures to his skull and was blinded in both of his eyes as a result of the attack, police said.

Caldwell is a cousin of White's ex-wife.

Detectives interviewed several family members who were present at the party and recently obtained enough information to arrest Caldwell on Wednesday, said Largo police Lt. Paul Amodeo, adding that White had recently moved to Florida.

"He was moving down here from New York and basically had no place to stay," Amodeo said. "He had everything in his car."

Caldwell was booked into the Pinellas County Jail, where he remained Thursday without bail.

Contact Laura C. Morel at [email protected] or (727) 445-4157.

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