Anthony James Knowles MUG

Anthony James Knowles

A Dunnellon man was charged Monday for his alleged involvement in beating and robbing another man, hospitalizing him with broken ribs and backbone.

A Citrus County Sheriff’s Office detective charged 28-year-old Anthony James Knowles with aggravated battery that caused great bodily harm while Knowles was jailed on an unrelated warrant arrest.

On the night of Nov. 21, it’s alleged Knowles drove a vehicle in front of the man’s truck, blocking him as he was driving in Citrus Springs, according to Knowles’ arrest report.

When the man was parked, two other unnamed suspects struck him with a stick and an industrial broom. Knowles also chased after the man when he ran away.

As the man fell down, Knowles and his two accomplices struck him numerous times with their fists and feet until the man became unconscious, Knowles’ arrest report shows.

Hours later the next day, the man regained consciousness and discovered that his truck, cellphone and wallet containing $90 were missing. He named Knowles, who he knows, as one of his alleged attackers to sheriff’s office investigators.

Responders later hospitalized the man for several broken ribs and vertebrae, a cut to his spleen and internal bleeding to his liver, according to the arrest report.

In an interview with the sheriff’s office detective, in which he changed his statement several times, Knowles admitted to being at the altercation, but denied being involved, his arrest report shows. Knowles was booked under a $5,000 bond.

Prior to that, he was arrested under a warrant charging him with violating the terms of his April probation from traffic court, on an original offense of driving without a valid license in February.

Court records show Knowles was charged with felony battery on Sept. 5, which resulted him breaking conditions from his probation and pretrial release terms from another case.

Knowles was jailed without bond for those alleged violations.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or bthompson@chronicleonline.com.

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