An EMS crew treated a 77-year-old’s injuries after an alleged altercation with a Villager.
Sumter County sheriff’s deputies were called at 3:38 p.m. Tuesday after the 77-year-old man went to a neighbor’s home to call 911. When deputies arrived, they saw the man had suffered “multiple injuries,” including torn skin on his right elbow and left wrist, both of which were bleeding, according to an arrest report. His back had a large area where he had abrasions and scrapes.
The man said he had suffered the injuries at the hands of 71-year-old George Albert MacLauchlan, of The Villages. MacLauchlan had driven from the area in a black Toyota Camry but was located and detained by deputies.
MacLauchlan was reportedly angry that the other man had removed furniture from a home MacLauchlan owns. The location of the home was redacted from the arrest report.
MacLauchlan told the 77-year-old he could not stay in the home and volunteered to take him to a homeless shelter. MacLauchlan started gathering the other man’s belongings in an effort to get him to leave.
The 77-year-old protested the fact he was being asked to leave and threatened to call police. That’s when MacLauchlan allegedly pushed the man and he fell to the floor. MacLauchlan reportedly grabbed him by the collar of his shirt and dragged him out of the residence. The man went to a neighbor’s house and a call was placed to 911.
MacLauchlan was arrested on felony charges of battery on a person over the age of 65 and depriving use of 911. He was booked at the Sumter County Detention Center and released after posting $4,000 bond.