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Fernando Beltza

A man is charged with swinging a scythe at his neighbor in what began as a dispute over music, according to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.

An Acworth area resident told authorities he walked to his neighbor Fernando Beltza’s house, to confront him about loud music Sunday afternoon. The music had started late the previous night, the neighbor said, and when he texted him asking to turn it down, Beltza had increased the volume.

When the neighbor walked up to the driveway at the Westland Way home, he told authorities, Beltza charged at him with a scythe, saying, “I’ll kill you, I’ll kill you,” and swung the scythe at him. The neighbor caught the handle and wrestled the weapon away from Beltza, but the scythe scratched his back, and he later showed a sheriff deputy marks on his back and his hand consistent with his report, according to CSO.

Beltza told the deputy his neighbor had come into his backyard yelling at him. He pointed out “no trespassing” signs on the property, and said he pushed the neighbor off the yard, according to the report.

Beltza was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with aggravated assault. He was booked into the Cherokee County jail, where he remained Tuesday without bond.

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