Joseph Arnold Kingman

Joseph Arnold Kingman

Sword play landed one Hernando man in jail Sunday facing aggravated battery charges, and his victim in a hospital, according to a sheriff's office report.

The arrest of Joseph Arnold Kingman, 56, began July 11 when Citrus County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to East Lasalle Street in Hernando about a 1:30 a.m. complaint regarding a residential burglary, according to the arrest report.

Initially, Kingman told the arresting deputy the victim had come into his home and tried to steal food. According to the report, Kingman and the victim got into an argument over the theft and Kingman retrieved a sword from inside his home and struck the victim on his back as the victim was trying to flee.

According to the report, the victim told a different story.

The victim told the deputy he didn’t know Kingman but met him earlier that evening in a bar. According to the report, the victim was homeless and Kingman offered to let the victim stay at his residence.

The victim told the arresting deputy that the two sat on the front porch and talked, according to the report. The victim went on to say that Kingman approached him with a long sword and pointed it at them when Kingman asked, “Do you wanna die tonight?”

According to the report, the victim said he was afraid and turned to run away, but not before Kingman swung the sword and hit the victim on his back. The victim was taken to a local hospital for a laceration on the back.

The arresting deputy reported he went to the Kingman home and Kingman gave him permission to search the residence. The deputy said he found blood spatter in the room that the victim said the two sat and talked, according to the report.

The deputy also reported finding a Katana sword. The sword was traditionally used by samurai in feudal Japan.

According to the report, the deputy reported that Kingman appeared to be intoxicated and that when asked, told the deputy he had been to two bars before coming home that night.

The deputy arrested Kingman charging him with aggravated battery using a deadly weapon. His bond was $10,000.

Contact Chronicle reporter Fred Hiers at or 352-397-5914.

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