A 39-year-old Florida woman is facing a felony charge for allegedly throwing an avocado at her 68-year-old boyfriend, hitting him squarely in the head. Karleen Jame Biswanger was taken into custody Sunday and charged with one count of domestic battery on a person 65 or older, records reviewed by Law&Crime show.
According to a sworn affidavit of probable cause obtained by Law&Crime, deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office responded around 7:45 p.m. on March 12 to a call of a domestic disturbance at a residence located in the 500 block of 3rd Avenue South in St. Petersburg, which is just a few miles southwest of Tampa.
Deputies at the scene said Biswanger and the victim had been living together for about a year before the incident. In what is likely an attempt to explain the nearly 30-year age difference between Biswanger and the victim, police also noted that the two had “engaged in consensual sexual intercourse” during that time.
Authorities say Biswanger threw the green fruit and other objects during an argument with her senior beau.
“The defendant threw an avocado at the victim’s face, causing injury to his right eye,” the affidavit said. “The defendant also threw a metal hanging pole at the victim, causing injuries to his upper right arm and forearm.”
Authorities said “part” of the dispute was witnessed by a neighbor.
After responding deputies said they read Biswanger her Miranda rights, she continued to deny “directly hitting” the victim.
The document does not provide additional details about what may have caused the alleged altercation or what parts of the dispute the neighbor allegedly witnessed, but deputies noted that no firearms, no weapons and no alcohol were involved in the incident.
According to state court records, Biswanger has a long history of run-ins with the law, some of which also include allegations that she threw unusual objects at others.
Last year, she was accused of throwing a “9-inch cardboard box full of writing implements at her father, striking him in the upper right chest,” according to an affidavit reviewed by Law&Crime.
The incident reportedly occurred immediately after deputies left the residence after Biswanger’s father called to request a welfare check on her because he was “concerned about [Biswanger] and her drug problem,” the document states. However, the charges were dropped after Biswanger’s father signed a document saying he did not want his daughter’s case to be prosecuted.
Biswanger was also charged with domestic battery in 2015 after she allegedly came home “highly intoxicated” and punched her then-boyfriend in the face with a closed fist several times, cutting his left eye, an affidavit said. Her boyfriend at the time also signed a document requesting that Biswanger not be prosecuted, and the charges against her were dropped.
Charges filed against Biswanger since 2003 include leaving the scene of an accident, retail theft, driving under the influence, possession of methadone, possession of alprazolam and driving with a suspended license.
A previous case resulted in a 2019 sentence of 120 days in jail after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance.
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