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Hurling nunchucks through SUV window lands man in jail, deputies say

Leonardo Fernandez, 56, broke the window during a road-rage incident in Westchase, deputies said.
A man broke out the window of an SUV by throwing nunchucks during a road rage incident at Linebaugh Avenue and Sheldon Road, deputies say. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
A man broke out the window of an SUV by throwing nunchucks during a road rage incident at Linebaugh Avenue and Sheldon Road, deputies say. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
Published Oct. 28
Updated Oct. 28

TAMPA — Deputies arrested a man for hurling a pair of nunchucks through the rear window of an SUV during a road-rage incident, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Leonardo Fernandez, 56, faces charges of throwing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle, criminal mischief, and violation of probation in connection with the incident, which happened just after noon Saturday at Linebaugh Avenue and Sheldon Road in Westchase.

A man broke out the window of an SUV by throwing nunchucks during a road rage incident at Linebaugh Avenue and Sheldon Road, deputies say. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
Leonardo Fernandez, 56, faces charges of throwing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle, criminal mischief, and violation of probation. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]

According to the victim, Fernandez cut him off in a white van while driving on Linebaugh Avenue. The victim said he pulled up next to Fernandez in his car and gestured to Fernandez to put his phone down because he believed he was texting and driving.

The victim said Fernandez became enraged and started driving recklessly. At a traffic light, Fernandez got out of his vehicle and threw a pair of nunchucks — dowels connected by a chain — at the victim’s vehicle, the victim said. The nunchucks shattered the victim’s rear window.

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