Melbourne Man Arrested After Holding Knife To Woman’s Throat

A Melbourne man was arrested after holding a knife against a woman's throat.
A Melbourne man was arrested after holding a knife against a woman's throat. (Photo: Brevard County Jail)

MELBOURNE, Florida – A man was arrested after holding a 10-inch knife to the throat of a woman while hitting her, according to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to a call Tuesday at approximately 3:20 p.m. from a home in the 300 block of Wentworth Court in Melbourne about a disturbance.

The victim, a next-door neighbor, said she came to the residence to help her friend clean her home. Soon after, she got into an argument with her friend’s boyfriend, which escalated.

She said 45-year-old Ben Ross Heath “got into her face” when she pushed him away from her.

When doing so, Heath came back at her and tried to grab her. The victim then hit Heath on the right side of the head causing his glasses to fall off and ultimately scratching his face in the process, according to the report.

The victim then proceeded to leave the home when Health ran after her again, causing them both to fall on the floor. He then struck the victim several times with his fist, the report said.

Heath then got up and retrieved a 10-inch knife from the kitchen and held it to her neck, advising he was going to cut her throat, according to the arrest affidavit.

“I observed several small cuts to the left side of her neck consistent to knife cuts,” the deputy said.

Heath was arrested and transported to the Brevard County Jail where he was charged with Battery, and Aggravated Battery With a Deadly Weapon.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Heath is still in jail on a $15,500.00 bond.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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