A Florida man arrested for robbing golf balls went ballistic and assaulted an elderly golfer – breaking the man’s rib, authorities told.
22-year-old Tyler Donald Dearden confronted with another golfer at a course in Ocala, where he found taking golf balls from another player’s bucket, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office told.
“Tyler became teed off when he told that he was not permitted to steal someone else’s golf balls at the Stone Creek Golf Course,” deputies told Thursday on Facebook. “Tyler chose to take cheap shots instead of chip shots when he beat an elderly golfer to the time that the victim had a broken rib, many bruises, and cuts that needed nine stitches.”
The alleged attack happened after the sufferer questioned Dearden not to take his balls and to use his while on course.
The sufferer reported the crime to golf shop employees before coming back to a driving range, where he faced Dearden again. After initially speaking he wanted to apologize to the man, Dearden then began punching the victim and knocked him to the ground, the affidavit states.
Dearden, meanwhile, claimed that he was merely protecting himself because the older man had aimed a golf club at him, according to the affidavit.
Dearden — whose efforts “were not par for the course,” according to authorities’ puckish Facebook post – was then brought into custody on a charge of intensified battery on a person 65 years or older. Deputies didn’t give the victim’s exact age.
Charges And Punishments
22-year-old Tyler Donald Dearden detained Wednesday after a confrontation with another golfer at a course in Ocala, where he found taking golf balls from another player’s bucket, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
The Ocala citizen remained imprisoned as of Monday on a $10,000 bond. He set to return to court on Feb. 11, jail records reveal.