Florida Keys man, angry about dead rodent in freezer, beat roommate with baseball bat, deputies say

'I'm going to have to kill you,' Javier Arellano told roommate, deputies say
Javier Arellano, accused of beating roommate with baseball bat
Posted at 8:42 AM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 08:44:18-04

MARATHON, Fla. — A Florida Keys man is accused of beating his roommate with a baseball bat after the victim stored a dead rodent in a freezer.

Javier Arellano, 59, was arrested early Sunday on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Adam Linhardt said the 57-year-old victim told detectives he had kept a dead rat or mouse in the freezer of his Marathon home to feed a pet snake, which upset Arellano.

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The victim said Arellano confronted him about it, but as he tried to leave the room to avoid an argument, Arellano began hitting him with a baseball bat.

"I'm going to have to kill you," Arellano said, the victim told deputies.

The victim eventually ran to a neighbor's house for help.

Linhardt said Arellano told deputies he was attacked by his roommate, but Arellano didn't have any visible injuries other than a scratch on his elbow.