PBSO: North Palm man uses oxygen machine as weapon


A 74-year-old North Palm Beach man turned his oxygen machine into a deadly weapon Tuesday afternoon when he used it to hit a tow truck driver over the head in a Lake Park parking lot, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

Lawrence Starr was turning into the parking lot at the U.S. Post Office on Park Avenue. A tow truck was in his way, and Starr started yelling at the driver, who was servicing a car, to move, the sheriff’s office report states.

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The driver didn’t move the truck, so Starr got out of his car and pulled the keys out of the tow truck’s ignition.

The truck driver then pulled the keys from Starr’s car. Starr took off his oxygen machine and started hitting the driver in the head and face with it, the sheriff’s office report states. The driver had cuts on his face, according to deputies.

Starr told deputies he did take the man’s keys and hit him with the oxygen machine. He is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. A judge ordered he be released from the Palm Beach County Jail on his own recognizance, court records show.


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