Polk County deputies jailed a Winter Haven man on felony charges of battery and aggravated assault on Friday.

The tools of the alleged attack: a 4-foot sword and peanut butter sandwich.

Mark Christopher Miller, 50, used the sword to threaten two women, one of them pregnant, and then smeared another with the sandwich before the deputies hauled him away, according to his arrest report.

As the deputies drove him to jail, Miller tore a piece of padding from the inside of the patrol car with his teeth.

The fracas began when Miller heard a disturbance outside his mobile home at 2500 U.S. 92 W. No. 18A. He exited sword in hand and “poked” it at the 6-month pregnant woman’s stomach.

She managed to grab the blade and stop him from stabbing her. Another woman stepped in to protect her and Miller threatened to kill her.

When a third woman intervened, Miller smeared her chest with a peanut butter sandwich he apparently carried.

When deputies arrived at Polk County Jail, they found the 4-inch chunk of padding bitten from a divider in the vehicle lying next to Miller’s feet.


Miller told the deputies he indeed carried a sword during the incident, but never left the doorway of his mobile home.

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