Florida holds man in Arkansas at­tack

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - EMMA PET­TIT

A man ac­cused of putting a knife to the throat of one ca­noeist and slash­ing the arm of an­other near an Arkansas camp­ground this month was booked into a Florida jail on Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to on­line records.

Michael Leon Wa r - ring­ton, 49, of Chip­ley, Fla., was booked into the Col­lier County jail on a war­rant from an­other Florida county for fail­ure to pay child sup­port, ac­cord­ing to the jail’s on­line in­take record.

He also was ar­rested on an Arkansas sec­ond-de­gree bat­tery war­rant, stem­ming from a July 3 al­ter­ca­tion at the Mul­berry River north of Ozark in Franklin County.

A man and a woman were float­ing in a ca­noe near the Red­ding Recre­ation Area and Camp­ground when they pulled off at Hug­gins Loop to visit with a man later iden­ti­fied as War­ring­ton, Sgt. Jeff Wood wrote in an ar­rest af­fi­davit.

The pair chat­ted with War­ring­ton and drank beer for about an hour, the doc­u­ment says. War­ring­ton told them he suf­fered from post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der af­ter serv­ing in the Navy.

The man shook War­ring­ton’s hand and thanked him for his ser­vice be­fore he started to walk away, Wood wrote. As the man turned, War­ring­ton struck him in the head with a “large knife or ma­chete,” the vic­tim told in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

War­ring­ton then grabbed the woman, put a knife to her throat and said he “had all he wanted,” the af­fi­davit says. He started to drag her to­ward his truck, then shoved her aside and slashed the man’s arm, the vic­tim said.

The man got War­ring­ton to the ground and the knife away from him be­fore the man and woman fled and met po­lice at the camp­ground, the doc­u­ment says.

The man said he was then air­lifted to Washington Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Wood wrote.

A war­rant for War­ring­ton’s ar­rest was is­sued Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to on­line court records.

War­ring­ton is be­ing held at the Florida jail in lieu of a $6,146.78 bond.

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