Some might call it a “guitarmed robbery attempt,” but a Fort Lauderdale man has been charged for using an electric guitar as a weapon during an unsuccessful theft, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.
Edward J. Chestnut III, 23, was arrested Monday after trying to grab a laptop computer from Daniel Wolfe in the 4800 block of Powerline Road, according to an arrest report. Wolfe, 55, of Oakland Park, was walking to a library when he and Chestnut got into a tug-of-war with Wolfe’s computer case, the report stated. The guitar-wielding Chestnut struck Wolfe, who was trying to call for help on his cellphone.
“I was on the phone with 911 when he hit me,” Wolfe said. “If I hadn’t have put my arm up it would have hit me in the face.” The instrument left Wolfe with a gash on his left arm that required four stitches at Holy Cross Hospital, he said. Details about the make and model of the guitar weren’t released. “I just freaked out,” Wolfe said, adding it’s not the first time he’s been attacked. “I was mugged back in November where I was in a coma for two or three days,” he said. “I was going to the grocery store and I got robbed but I didn’t have anything on me.” Chestnut ran off but was found later at an area hotel because a bystander saw the attempted robbery. “I have a witness who I don’t even know that saw it all,” Wolfe said.
Chestnut was positively identified by the witness and Wolfe. During questioning, Chestnut confessed to the armed robbery attempt, detectives said. Bond was set at $5,000, jail records showed. Chestnut was convicted after a theft in Sarasota in 2014, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Wolfe is recovering. “My arm’s sore,” he said. “I’m OK.”