Editor’s note: This story from Tuesday, March 7 is being republished with corrected information on who was injured in the altercation.
A man was injured after he intervened in an argument between a man and woman who allegedly met on the internet, according to Palmetto police.
Anthony R. Ellin, 24, of Bradenton, was arrested Monday morning and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and throwing a deadly missile into a dwelling.
A woman and Ellin were “talking over social media,” and she invited Ellin to come to the home where she was staying Monday on Fifth Avenue West in Palmetto, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Ellin took her up on the invitation. After some conversation, the woman realized he was “not the person she thought he was” and told him to leave, according to the affidavit.
Ellin allegedly threw a chair through the front window while she was inside, but that was just the beginning of the fight.
The woman looked out the window and saw Ellin driving away and texted him, saying not to come back, according to the affidavit.
Ellin replied that he was already there. He then allegedly came to the front door, where he was told to leave by a man inside the house who came to the woman’s aid. Ellin then punched the man, according to the affidavit.
Ellin allegedly continued to fight with the man, eventually pulling out a knife and striking him in the neck and arm, according to the affidavit.
Two other men chased Ellin down and held him until officials arrived and arrested Ellin around 9:43 a.m. He was booked into the Manatee County jail.