Florida Man Threatens Son With Machete, Bat Over Pet Hedgehog

Police say a Florida man was arrested after arming himself with a machete and a baseball bat during a dispute with his son.

The two were arguing over a pet hedgehog, police say. 

Homer Stacy II, 53, was walking outside his Greenacres home Sunday, pushing a wheelchair. The wheelcahir contained a baseball bat and a machete.

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When Palm Beach County Sheriff's officers asked why he had the items, Stacy allegedly said they were "for his protection."

Stacy allegedly claimed that he simply told his son, Jacob, to come and get a pet hedgehog he left at Stacy's house. That's when his son pushed him, the report says.

As deputies questioned Stacy, he "went back and forth between being cooperative to belligerent," the report said.

Jacob allegedly told police his father had been drinking heavily and instructed him to "go and hurt" a woman, but he refused. He says he was leaving to go see his mother when Stacy started yelling at him and stabbing a door with a knife.

While in the cop car, Stacy saw his son and began screaming at him, threatening to kill him, the report says.

Stacy was booked into the county jail on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of simple assault. 

He remains in jail Tuesday morning without bond.

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