Plant City man accused of slashing grandmother with machete

Published April 22 2013

TAMPA — A Plant City man is in jail after authorities say he attacked his grandmother with a machete, slashing her face and upper body.

Arrest reports say Barbara A. Harvey, 75, sustained numerous "life threatening" lacerations in the incident Saturday afternoon. She was transported to Tampa General Hospital, where she remained Sunday in intensive care, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Anthony W. Griffith, 34, faces charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a weapon on a person over 65.

Arrest reports say Griffith admitted to slashing his grandmother. The two got into an argument at 7608 Loghouse Road, where they both live.

He was being held without bail at the Hillsborough County Jail. Records show Griffith has been arrested numerous times, including in May 2002 when he faced a count of battery and in August 2002 when he faced a count of DUI with property damage or bodily injury.