Thursday, April 19, 2018
Public safety

Port Richey man accused of attacking landlord

PORT RICHEY — A 25-year-old man was arrested Thursday after he fought with his 68-year-old landlord, deputies said.

The fight started when Bela Osz, the landlord at Club Westport Apartments, confronted Justin Coburn about missing January rent, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report said.

Words were had, the report states, then Coburn punched Osz in the face. The two struggled and fell to the ground, where Coburn locked Osz in a scissor hold between his legs, the report said. When a bystander separated them, Coburn kicked Osz in the face, the report states.

Coburn told deputies he'd already paid the rent to Osz in cash, which the landlord refused to acknowledge. He said Osz started the fight with a head butt and that he kicked Osz in the face because he thought the landlord was coming after him again.

Coburn, of 9930 Grace Drive, was arrested on a charge of battery on a person over 65. He remained at the Land O'Lakes jail Friday in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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