Argument Over Poo Leads To West Palm Beach Man's Arrest

An argument over dog poop led a West Palm Beach man to attack another man with a knife and his fists. 

Police say 33-year-old Ricardo Garcia Sanchez was arrested Wednesday morning on a charge of aggravated battery. 

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Authorities say Stephen Caplan was walking his dog in the parking lot of an apartment complex when Garcia Sanchez, a maintenance worker there, started arguing with him about his dog defecating on the property.

Police say the argument turned physical when Garcia Sanchez grabbed Caplan by the neck and started to punch him.

Caplan told police that he tried to defend himself by putting his hands in front of his face, but Garcia Sanchez pulled out a carpenter's knife and cut Caplan's left hand.

Garcia Sanchez allegedly admitted to confronting Caplan about the dog poop, but he denied ever attacking Caplan or having a knife and said he didn't know how Caplan got the cut on his hand.

Garcia Sanchez claimed that Caplan struck him and threw his dog at him during the confrontation, but Officer David Streigold wrote in his report that the dog "was extremely docile towards every person walking by."

Residents told police they didn't see the altercation, but they heard yelling.

Garcia Sanchez is being held at $50,000 bond.

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