Juan Lovine, 44, got into an argument with his adult daughter, whose name has not been released, and she punched him in the face. He picked up a 5-foot sword, one of his collection of swords and a souvenir from the Medieval Times restaurant, and simply meant to “poke” her, said Lovine’s mother who watched the conflict, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The sword instead went through his daughter’s arm and penetrated her chest, but she was not fatally wounded.
The woman’s son was asleep in the house and did not witness the conflict. She had been visiting her father from West Virginia, reports the Sentinel. Isabel Rego, 74, Lovine’s mother and the woman’s grandmother, told the Sentinel: “The police put in there [a report] that he tried to kill her. That is not true. He loves her. They just don’t get along.”
Sgt. Denise Roberts told the Sentinel that Rego was confrontational with police when they arrested her son.
Lovine has been charged with attempted felony murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and domestic violence.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.