HUDSON — A man involved in a child-custody dispute with his ex-girlfriend ended up lashing out and cutting his boss who was at the meeting to make sure the employee didn't become violent, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
Then the employee went back to his workplace and trashed it, deputies said.
The employee, William Engle, 26, of 6702 Canal St., Hudson, faces charges of aggravated battery, criminal trespass and business burglary. But, right now, he remains at large.
Engle met his unidentified ex-girlfriend at a convenience store on County Line Road and U.S. 19 to discuss undisclosed child-custody issues. Engle's boss, the owner of Action Honda, came along to make sure Engle didn't get out of line, the Sheriff's Office said.
An argument erupted between Engle and the ex-girlfriend. Engle attempted to cut his ex-girlfriend's tires with a knife, deputies said. The boss, who was not identified, intervened and was cut by Engle on the hand and across the stomach, deputies said.
The cuts are minor injuries and the victim declined medical attention.
Engle then fled the store and made his way to Action Honda, 15628 U.S. 19, Hudson, where his car was parked. He got into his vehicle and used it to ram both glass showroom doors of the business, causing damage in excess of $75,000, deputies said. Engle then fled the scene on a white Honda motorcycle and is at large.
A news release by the Sheriff's Office did not say what kind of vehicle Engle used to drive into the showroom doors nor whether the Honda motorcycle was his own.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Engle should call 911 immediately.
To leave an anonymous tip, contact the Pasco Sheriff's Office Crime Tips Line, toll-free, at (800) 706-2488. To be eligible for up to a $3,000 reward, contact Tampa Bay CrimeStoppers, toll-free, at (800) 873-8477 (TIPS).