A Tarpon Springs man has multiple skull fractures, bleeding on the brain over fight over $5

Posted at 10:13 AM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-23 10:14:11-04

A 60-year-old Tarpon Spring man is fighting for his life after being severely beaten over $5,  Tarpon Springs Police say.

The man sustained multiple skull fractures and bleeding on the brain, according to ER doctors.

Donald James, 55, of 14 E. Lime Street in Tarpon Springs, is now charged with aggravated battery.

Police say during an argument over money early Sunday morning, James began beating the victim when he turned his back, striking the man by surprise.

According to an arrest affidavit, the victim was able to identify his attacker.

Police say when they found James he was wearing a blood-stained sweatshirt.

An arrest affidavit states James admitted there was a disagreement with the victim over $5 but denies battering the man.