Steve Horner simply wanted to fly his American flag in his front yard like others on his block in Lecanto, Florida, WTVT-TV reported.
But the 69-year-old’s decision to hoist Old Glory last weekend apparently didn’t sit well with one of his neighbors.
Horner told WTVT that 50-year-old Lucille Blanchard “texted my wife, ‘What’s up with the flag?’” Then it got uglier.
“We’re just minding our own business,” Horner told the station, adding that Blanchard said “take that Godd**n flag down just for one day.”
But Horner was having none of it.
“I said, ‘I ain’t taking that flag down,’” he told the station, adding that “it’s an American flag, and I always flew one.”
What happened on Christmas Eve?
And apparently the issue came to a head — of all days — on Christmas Eve.
Horner told WTVT that Blanchard took the flag stand out and threw it at the ground. “I told her, ‘You come over here again, I’m going to call the law on you,’” Horner recalled to the station.
Then Horner told WTVT that Blanchard got violent.
“I was holding on to it, and she was pulling my shirt, and I just turned loose of the flag and just let her take it,” he told the station.
What happened to Blanchard?
Citrus County Sheriff’s deputies were called and arrested Blanchard, WTVT said.
Blanchard also was accused of pushing the victim backward and stealing his American flag, the Citrus County Chronicle reported, citing her arrest affidavit.
She was charged with felony battery on a person over the age of 65 and misdemeanor petit theft, the paper reported, adding that Blanchard’s bond was set at $2,500.
Why did Blanchard want the flag down?
Horner told WTVT she wanted the U.S. flag taken down because her son and grandfather “both died.” It isn’t clear in what context her son and grandfather died, but Horner told the station he replied by saying “the flag ain’t got nothing to do with it.”
And as you might expect, Horner declared his flag isn’t coming down anytime soon.
“No, I’m not going to take it down,” he told WTVT. “Why in the hell should I take down?”
This story has been updated.
(H/T: The American Mirror)