A 59-year-old man is behind bars for reportedly beating his roommate with a baseball bat early Sunday morning.
Javier Francisco Arellano was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said. His 57-year-old roommate was taken to Fisherman's Hospital before he was airlifted to a hospital in Miami to get staples to his head. He suffered injuries to his arms, hands and legs as well.
When deputies responded to a home along Copa D Oro Street, they found Arellano's roommate with a large amount of blood coming from his head, according to the sheriff's office. He told deputies that Arellano had beat him at the home they shared nearby on Camino Real Street and ran to his neighbor's house for help.
He told deputies everything began when Arellano found the dead mouse he put in the freezer to feed his pet snake, the sheriff's office said. The discovery upset Arellano and when he approached the roommate about the issue, he told Arellano they'd discuss it later, hoping to avoid an argument.
When he went to leave the room, Arellano began hitting him with the baseball bat.
Arellano eventually knocked his roommate down and said, "I’m going to have to kill you,” before he was able to flee to a neighbor’s house, according to the sheriff's office. Arellano later told deputies his roommate attacked him, but there were no visible injuries besides a scratch on his elbow.
Arellano was taken into custody and deputies found about 40 assorted firearms in the home, which were taken into protective custody for safekeeping until the owner is identified.