SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – An 83-year-old Sarasota man is accused of walloping a car salesman in the head with a golf club and hitting the salesman with his car after learning he only got a $5 Walmart gift card as a scratch-off ticket prize.
Linsey Dean Owens, 83, is charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Investigators say the violent incident attack around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Deputies responded to a disturbance in the parking lot of Westfield Sarasota Square located at 8201 S. Tamiami Trail. the victim told deputies that he works as an event employee for Nissan, who was having a sales event in the parking lot outside of the JC Penney.
The victim, a car salesman named Christian, said that Owens showed up with a scratch-off ticket and was angry the promotion was for a $5 Walmart gift card. He was expecting a better prize.
“I heard him yelling and screaming profanities about the five dollar Walmart gift card that he won. So He was pretty upset over that. I guess he drove about eight miles to get there and thought he should’ve been entitled to something more than that,” said Christian.
Deputies say Owens got into his car and started to leave and sped up and swerved at the victim causing the mirror of Owens’ car to hit him in the left forearm.
“He saw me standing outside the tent, swerved his car towards me, gunned it, I jumped out of the way and he hit me with his side view mirror in the arm,” recalled Christian.
Deputies say Owens then stopped abruptly, got out of his car and ran to the trunk where he took out a golf club. Owens then approached the victim and hit him on the right side of the face. The impact knocked a cell phone out of the victim’s hand, which he was using to videotape the incident.
“It was surreal, I couldn’t believe this was happening,” said Christian.
Owens then got in his car and drove off.
Deputies went to Owens’ home and interviewed him. Owens was arrested on two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. A judge placed him on supervised release.
Christian said he’s not angry with him.
“I was [angry] yesterday. I more or less feel sorry for him today. I just hope he gets some anger management and some counseling,” said Christian.
The car salesman took some time off to heal from his injuries. He hopes to get back out to selling cars soon.