Police were called to The Villages Retirement community in Wildwood, Fla. where a 61-year-old woman allegedly pounded her 67-year-old husband during a heated discussion about Pickleball. The popular senior sport is akin to tennis, but played with with a paddle and a Wiffle ball.
“The Defendant, Lan N. Augustus, did violate Florida State Statue (sic) 784.08.02 (C), Battery on person sixty-five years of age or older, domestic,” according to a Sumter, County police report obtained by the Smoking Gun.
Cops said the victim claimed to have been lying in bed when he and Augustus began arguing about a Pickelball clinic being offered at the senior center. The two then went into the living room where tensions escalated and the victim was allegedly clocked with a left hook. Augustus claimed it was just a slap.
The exchange moved to the bathroom where, the victim said his wife clocked him again.
The battered husband claimed he tried to sleep it off, but when he awoke, the disharmony resumed and he was punched yet again and assaulted with a small metal easel.
Officers said Augustus confirmed she and her husband had quarreled over Pickleball and that he “used his chest to bump her,” prompting her to slap him with an open hand. According to Augustus, when the dispute moved to the bathroom, her husband chest-bumped her again and she she struck him twice — both times with an open hand, not a fist.
Augusts was placed under arrest and charged with battering a senior citizen. She has no prior history of battery.