Except, this crankypants clown used it at a construction site for a somewhat non-standard purpose: to beat the living Jesus out of his boss. Busted his skull, in fact.
Turns out, the Level Avenger is a two-time level assault loser already, not to mention a whole bunch of other rap sheet filler — you could say he’s a man of conviction, plural.
Gee, it’s almost as if the mystery causative factor in crime is criminals or something simple like that. How can that be?
DEBARY — A construction worker on a Wal-Mart job site known as “Poke Chop” was arrested after authorities say he buried his boss in dirt using a front-end loader and critically injured the man by hitting him with a level.
A Volusia County Sheriff’s incident report states that 57-year-old Perry Byrd of Orlando suffered bleeding on the brain as well as a fractured skull after investigators said Erick Cox, 32, of Sanford buried him in dirt with a front end loader then repeatedly struck Byrd over the head with a 6-foot aluminum level from the construction site both were working at earlier this week.
A level appears to be a weapon of choice for Cox who was accused of using one in a 2003 beating.
A 9-1-1 call captures the urgency of Wednesday’s construction site incident.
“Please hurry, someone come out here, he just hit him with a level,” a man told a 9-1-1 dispatcher. ” ‘Bout to kill him.”
Amazing. You should probably Read The Whole Thing™ but we have to excerpt a little more for flavor:
In the other level beating, on Nov. 20, 2003 in Seminole County, Kevin Dillard said Cox hit him several times with a steel level, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. Cox and Dillard were brothers-in-law. Prosecutors did not file charges.
Yeah, this guy is now a two-time loser for assaults with a deadly level. Maybe construction is not what God really intends him to do.
Cox has also had other arrests in violent crimes including one Aug. 30 when he was accused of repeatedly punching his twin sister, Ericka Cox, in the face, leaving her bruised with a bloody nose, according to a charging affidavit from the Sanford Police Department. He was charged with battery domestic violence but she later said she did not wish to proceed with charges, and no charges were filed. Erick Cox reportedly got angry after his sister argued with his wife, the report said.
In another incident in Sanford in 2012, Erick Cox was charged with felony battery, battery and hit-and-run. In that case, Erick Cox was accused of punching a woman multiple times and then getting a bat from his truck. When a man intervened, Erick Cox hit him with the bat, according to a report. The man took the bat from him and Erick Cox got in his truck and and tried to run over the woman but instead hit the man’s car. Then Erick Cox sped away. He was adjudicated guilty to two counts of battery and one count of criminal mischief and sentenced to 60 days-time served.
That’s how the “bat” got into the word “battery,” we figure.
You might want to think twice about hiring this guy, or just generally being around him.