Melbourne Man Arrested For Attempted First-Degree Murder After Attacking Man With Machete

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Xerxes Harvis, 47, charged with Attempted First-Degree Murder

Police arrested Xerxes Harvis on Wednesday and charged him with Attempted First-Degree Murder after he attacked another man with a machete earlier this week.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Police arrested a Melbourne man on Wednesday and charged him with Attempted First-Degree Murder after he attacked another man with a machete earlier this week.

The suspect has been identified as 47-year-old Xerxes Harvis.

According to the investigation by Melbourne Police, officers responded to a call at Melbourne Regional Hospital about a man who was receiving medical treatment after he was attacked with a machete.

When police arrived, they found the victim, Dennis Cleary, had suffered severe cuts to the left side of his face, lower back and a broken left arm.

The victim told police officers he and Harvis got into argument Monday night at his house after he told Harvis he couldn’t sleep at his house anymore.

When Harvis wouldn’t leave, the two men got into a fight where Harvis pulled out a machete and began attacking Cleary.

Harvis then left the house and dumped the machete in a neighbors yard, according to police.

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Police officers secured a warrant for Harvis the next day for Attempted First-Degree Murder.

On Wednesday, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Game Over Task Force located Harvis and took him into custody.

Police are asking anyone with information on this incident to contact Detective Cahalan at 321-608-6467.

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