Villagers’ troubled son arrested after attack on older woman

Randy Szymanski

A Villages couple’s son with a troubled history was arrested after an alleged attack on an older woman at a hotel in Wildwood.

Randy Szymanski, 35, was being held without bond at the Sumter County Detention Center following his arrest on Veterans Day on felony charges of battery on a person over the age of 65 and false imprisonment.

Sumter County sheriff’s deputies were called at 5:20 p.m. to the Economy Inn on State Road 44 in Wildwood. A woman said Szymanski became “aggressive” toward her during an argument, according to an arrest report. She tried to leave and Szymanski pulled her back into the room and told her, “You’re not leaving.” He then struck her, leaving her with a bruise. 

Szymanski had been free on $5,000 bond following his arrest in August after posting a threat on Facebook aimed at the FBI.

The Massachusetts native, who at one point had been living with his parents in the Village of Hadley, had been arrested in March 2015 after police were called to The Quarters Apartments in Lady Lake after he stabbed his girlfriend in the stomach with a knife. He pleaded no contest to the charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to four years probation, ordered to stay away from The Quarters Apartments and ordered to undergo 20 hours of anger management counseling.

In 2017, he was arrested in an attack on his girlfriend and her mother.