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Man accused of burglary, assault

SEBRING - A man determined to get back his PlayStation ended up being arrested on burglary -charges, according to a report released Monday.

Christian Daniel Leonardo, 22, 3615 Lakewood Road, Sebring, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with two counts of battery, two counts of criminal mischief, burglary with assault or battery and resisting an officer without violence.

The arrest came after deputies responded to a disturbance and were told that Leonardo was outside with a knife, the report said.

Upon further investigation, deputies learned that Leonardo arrived at the residence and wanted to get his PlayStation back from a friend who was not home, the report said. When the friend's mother told him to leave, he got mad and threatened to harm her or her other son with a knife or a gun, the report said.

The mother and the son said that Leonardo breached the screen of the front door and grabbed the arm of the mother, the report said.

Later on after being arrested, Leonardo kicked the window out of a patrol car, the report said.

Man accused of cutting another man with a knife

LAKE PLACID - A man upset over another man seeing his estranged wife was accused of cutting the other man's left hand with a knife, according to a report released Monday.

Jose Eduardo Bautista, 45, 421 Hallmark Ave., Lake Placid, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office Jan. 10 and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Bautista, who surrendered himself, told deputies that he was upset about his wife, from whom he is separated, seeing another man, the report said.

He told deputies he wanted to scare the man so he would not see his wife anymore, the report said.

The other man told deputies that Bautista chased him with the knife and that when Bautista swung the knife at him, he defended himself with his hand, the report said.