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Man struck with meat cleaver during argument over food, police say

Posted at 9:05 AM, May 02, 2017

Sarasota Police arrested a man after he struck another man with a meat cleaver after the two got into an argument over food.

Jose Esau Oliva-Granada, 39, allegedly pulled out a meat cleaver and swung it at the victim. The victim told police that he put his hands up to protect himself and got struck. He got a cut on his ring finger and pinky finger which appear to require stitches, according to a police report.

The victim told police that his friend, who witnessed the attack, took the meat cleaver away from Oliva-Granada. At that time, Oliva-Granada allegedly pulled out another knife. 

Oliva-Granada was intoxicated, according to the police report.

The victim signed a sworn statement indicating he wished to prosecute the defendant for aggravated battery with serious injury.