Unwelcome Guest Arrested after Scuffle with Resident
Palatka, FL: On Wednesday July 30, 2014 at approximately 5:30 pm Putnam County deputies responded to 156 Lettie Lane in Palatka in reference to what was initially dispatched as a trespass in progress call. Upon arrival contact was made with a 50 year old white female who indicated a neighbor, 57 year old Kenneth Russell Westberry, had forced his way into her home. The victim said the highly intoxicated Westberry had come onto the porch of her residence earlier in the day and she had told him to leave or she would call law enforcement. Westberry left but returned a short time later and began to argue with a second female on the porch. When the victim opened the door so her friend could enter to get away from Westberry he forced his way inside. According to witnesses, Westberry grabbed a vertical blind rod off the wall and swung it at the victim knocking a plate of food from her hand. The victim then scuffled with Westberry, took the rod away from him and struck him in the head causing him to flee the residence. Westberry was located hiding in the woods a short distance away by Deputy Emmett Merritt and his K-9 partner Tango.
Westberry was arrested and transported to the Putnam Community Medical Center where he was treated for a small cut on his head before being medically cleared. He was then transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on one count of burglary with assault or battery and is currently being held without the benefit of a bond.