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Woman arrested in machete attack

Published Aug. 28, 2005

A 67-year-old man was slashed with two machetes during a fight with a 29-year-old woman, authorities said.

Ronald E. Brown was watching a card game at Sonny's Garage when he was accosted by Shannon V. Clark on Friday, a sheriff's report stated.

Both gave different accounts of what happened. Without any witnesses, authorities arrested Clark on Saturday and charged her with aggravated battery on a person 65 years of age or older, a sheriff's report said.

Under state law, the second-degree felony is reclassified as a first-degree felony regardless of whether the suspect had knowledge of the victim's age.

If convicted, Clark could be sentenced to the minimum of three years imprisonment and fined up to $10,000.

About 8 p.m. Friday, Brown and others were watching a card game at Sonny's at Wiscon and Mobley roads when Clark approached the group and pushed Brown, he told authorities.

Brown punched Clark in the mouth. She then walked into one of the mobile homes on the property, where she lives, the report said.

Clark reappeared moments later brandishing a machete in each hand and began swinging the weapons at Brown, the report said. To protect himself, Brown threw his hands up and was cut by the blades, the report said.

Brown was later taken to Brooksville Regional Hospital, where doctors used several stitches to close wounds to his hands, arms and head. The deepest cut, just above his right eyebrow, measured 5 centimeters, or about 2 inches.

According to the Sheriff's Office, another wound that severed the tendon between Brown's thumb and index finger was too serious to treat at Brooksville Regional.

It is unclear whether Brown was transferred to another hospital for his condition.

On Monday, Clark remained in the Hernando County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Duane Bourne can be reached at (352) 754-6114 or