Man Lures Lover’s Ex Into Sword Attack Following Rape Accusation

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A local man is facing multiple charges after luring the ex-boyfriend of his current lover to a house so that he could attack him with a sword.

The suspect, 27-year-old Matthew Thomas Howard, had been told by his girlfriend that her past boyfriend, the sword attack victim, had raped her, the New Port Richey Patch is reporting.

Deputies with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office later learned that sex between the female and the victim had been “consensual,” and that she had reportedly lied about being raped.

While posing as the woman, Howard sent the victim a text message.

“[Howard] asked the victim to come to the house for sex while posing as his girlfriend,” Deputy Royce Rodgers is quoted as saying in the incident report. “When the victim arrived and came inside through the front door, [Howard] came in through the back door and threw two punches at the victim.”

After that initial attack, Howard is said to have struck the victim in the face with a metal object. He then reportedly took a “large metal sword and started swinging,” according to the report obtained by the Patch.

The victim soon escaped and called for help. Howard confessed, Rodgers noted in the report, and was arrested. Though initially detained at the Land O’ Lakes Jail, he was later released on a $15,000 bond.

Howard is now facing charges of aggravated battery and assault charges.

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