73 y/o head-butted by cable guy wants apology

Posted at 2:54 PM, Apr 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-19 18:05:55-04

A 73-year-old man Clearwater Police say was head-butted by a Brighthouse employee told ABC Action News he wants an apology.

Jim Pendley says the assault ended with him suffering a split lip.  Bloodied pictures provided to ABC Action News show the injuries.

It happened around 10 a.m. Saturday at Pendley's home off Springbush Lane.

Pendley explained he'd called Brighthouse to re-lay a cable under his grass because he is having new landscaping put in.  He says he was not happy with the job the cable guy was doing and asked him to stop.

"He said, 'No! I am not going to stop!'" recalled Pendley.

Pendley exchanged more words with Justin Hoke, 38, and it was in the driveway that the argument escalated to violence, police say.

"He head-butted me," Pendley said.

Hoke left in his work truck as Pendley calle police.

Police say they found Hoke and charged him with battery on a person 65 years or older.

ABC Action News knocked on Hoke's door for comment but he declined.

Hoke says the cable company did sent out a new crew to fix the issue.  He added he is not happy with how the company handled the ordeal and says he has yet to receive an apology.

Brighthouse released the following statement to ABC Action News:

The suspect in question (Justin Hoke) works for a service contractor.  Pending further investigation, Mr. Hoke has been removed from doing any work for Bright House Networks. Bright House interacts with thousands of customers on a daily basis and does not tolerate any act of violence or discourteous service to our customers.