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Jayson Scott Kearney
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Jayson Scott Kearney of The Villages is facing felony charges of aggravated battery and assault following his arrest by Sumter County sheriff’s deputies.

Deputies were called to a home on Pendleton Circle in the Village of Largo on the night of June 30 after a 70-year-old Villager was stabbed in the arm with a pocket knife with a three-inch blade.

The woman who was stabbed said she had been sitting in a chair watching television when Kearney approached her from the rear and put his arm around her neck while holding the knife. She said the knife never touched her skin, but she saw the blade as he drew his hand across her throat, simulating slicing her neck. Her son told her, “This is how I’m going to kill you!”

Kearney graphically described giving his mother and a 70-year-old man in the home “smiley faces,” according to the arrest report. The smiley faces were in reference to slitting their throats from ear to ear.

Kearney, who is 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds,  said he would kill the man first. He then boasted how easy it would be to do it and then steal their vehicle and travel “back to South Carolina.” The woman told deputies he kept waving the knife around and when she tried to calm him down, he stabbed her three times on her arm. The puncture wounds then began to bleed. She said Kearney then said, “This is what will happen if you even try and call the police.”

Kearney then used the knife to stab at the drywall in the home. He also made large gouges in the television and cut at his mother’s plants.

He tossed his knife in the yard prior to the arrival of deputies. He was placed in handcuffs when deputies got to the home.

The couple described their fear as “beyond terror.”

He was booked without bond at the Sumter County Detention Center.

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