By Ludmilla Lelis
TAVARES - A 34-year-old Tavares man was arrested on a charge of battery and aggravated stalking over the weekend after he allegedly attacked a man accused of sexually molesting a relative.
The Tavares man, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of the alleged sex-crime victim, was taken into custody after the altercation just outside the Lake County Jail against [name withheld], 33, of Leesburg, according to an arrest report. The Sentinel generally does not publish the names of the victims of sex crimes.
[name withheld] has been arrested on three counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a victim between 12 and 18 years old, according to an arrest affidavit. The sexual incidents reportedly occurred at [name withheld]'s Leesburg home starting in September 2012, the report said.
On Saturday, one day after his arrest, [name withheld] was leaving the jail on Main Street in Tavares. The Tavares man was across the street and saw [name withheld] walking through the parking lot and made a threat on his life, according to an arrest report.
Then, the man struck the right side of [name withheld]'s head and held him in a choke hold, the report said. The man then let [name withheld] go and ran away, the report said.
Two witnesses confirmed the battery, saying that the man had threatened [name withheld] that he would need to sleep with an eye open, the report said.