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Worker at Clearwater retirement community jailed after fight over Iran, Trump

An argument between two maintenance workers at On Top of the World ended with a punch and an arrest.
Armando Colon, 55, was arrested after deputies said he punched a coworker from On Top of the World following a political argument. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Armando Colon, 55, was arrested after deputies said he punched a coworker from On Top of the World following a political argument. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Published Jan. 13

CLEARWATER — Issues with the state of the world led to contentious debate and one arrest Wednesday at Clearwater retirement community On Top of the World, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrested 55-year-old Port Richey man Armando Colon, a maintenance worker at the community, after they said he punched a coworker in the face during an argument over issues he has with President Donald Trump and “recent world issues in Iraq/Iran,” according to Colon’s arrest report.

He faces one misdemeanor charge of simple battery.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Colon and fellow maintenance worker Benjamin Martin were discussing Trump and recent issues in the Middle East just before 10 a.m. Wednesday at one of the sprawling community’s buildings. Deputies said Colon “became irate” as the argument went on. Martin and two witnesses told deputies Martin tried to leave the area, but Colon punched him the face, cutting him on the left cheek.

Colon was booked into Pinellas County Jail and released Thursday on $500 bail.

Representatives from On Top of the World did not respond to a request for comment.

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