LAND O’ LAKES, Fla. (WFLA) – A man was arrested for deliberately cutting his neighbor with a chainsaw during an argument over a shrub on Sept. 4.
According to the sheriff’s office, around 6:34 p.m., deputies responded to a call about an ongoing dispute between neighbors.
The initial call was about an aggravated battery.
The ongoing issue was between the neighbors about shrubs that are growing between the property lines.
The alleged suspect, Gregory Landaker, was using a chainsaw to cut the shrub down and was dragging the branches for disposal.
The alleged victim, Jeffrey Zlocki, arrived on scene and observed that “his bushes” were being removed.
Zlocki went and “hugged” the shrubs, according to the sheriff’s office, to keep them from being cut down.
As Landaker resumed cutting the branches with the chainsaw, the victim was struck by the blade, causing a deep laceration to his left hand.
Zlocki was taken to Tampa General Hospital for surgery.
The victim told deputies before being transported that the incident was an accident and Landaker didn’t intentionally try and hit him with the chainsaw.
However video from the scene shows Landaker disposing of branches when Zlocki arrives home.
It shows a verbal argument between the two before Zlocki begins hugging the shrub.
The sheriff’s office said the video shows Landaker getting his chainsaw and cutting the shrub while the victim is holding it.
In a clear and deliberate act, Zlocki was cut with the chainsaw and Landaker can be seen shoving Zlocki in the back.
Zlocki’s tendons were cut in his arm.
Based on new findings in the investigation and the video, Landaker was arrested for aggravated battery and simple battery and taken to the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center.