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Guest attacks man who let him stay during Hurricane Irma, Florida police say

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Posted at 2:31 PM, Sep 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 08:32:44-04

A Florida man was allegedly attacked while trying to do the right thing during Hurricane Irma.

The alleged victim was letting Tarvice Lamar Payne stay at his home in Port St. Lucie during the storm when his guest attacked him, according to Port St. Lucie police.

Payne, 33, of Royal Palm Beach, accused the alleged victim of stealing his drugs, so he punched him and then threatened him with an ax, a police report states. 

The alleged victim managed to escape and call the police, but not before Payne took the ax and struck a car in the driveway, police said.

Arriving officers managed to track Payne down as he was leaving the area.

They charged him with aggravated assault, battery, and criminal mischief.