Homeless Orange County felon wields sword, guitar in bloody tattoo-shop attack, cops say

April 7th, 2011 by Staff

http://www.palmbeachpost.com – Jason Lynn Gay is accused of wielding a sword in one hand and a guitar in another when he allegedly attacked an Orlando tattoo artist and his customer in an assault worthy of a Kill Bill movie.

Monday’s ambush turned ugly for Gay when one of his victims retaliated by slamming a glass tabletop over his head — leaving him in a wheelchair with a bloody face and in the Orange County Jail on two counts of attempted second-degree murder.

“I’m very fortunate to be in better shape than [Gay],” tattoo artist Patrick Walker said Wednesday. “If it was just me in there alone, I don’t know what would have happened.”

Gay, a 37-year-old homeless felon with ‘Nazi’ tattooed on one arm and ‘Wizard’ on the other, also faces two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and two counts of battery. An Orange County judge set his bond at zero.

Corrections records show Gay was released from prison in August after serving a 10-year sentence for a variety of violent crimes.

Orlando police said Gay told them he launched into the grisly sword and guitar attack because the tattoo artist and his customer allegedly called him a “chain gang punk,” his arrest report shows.

Walker, who denied calling Gay a chain-gang punk, told investigators Gay walked into Ace’s Tattoo Shop on South Orange Avenue around 4 p.m. as he was tattooing one of his regular customers. The artist told Gay to look through tattoo design books while he finished.

“I was being very cordial with the guy because he was a potential customer,” Walker said. “But he did look like a very strange character.”

At some point, Gay picked up Walker’s ceremonial Knights of Columbus sword — given to him by his father — and an acoustic guitar from inside the shop, police said. The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization.

Walker said he remembered Gay holding the sword and guitar while laughing and saying: “I’m gonna kill you guys. It’s your day to die.”

The report shows Gay suddenly swung the blunt-edged sword, striking Walker on the back of his shoulder. Then he knocked the tattoo artist on the back of the head with the guitar.

He then turned his anger on customer Antonio Kakaleles, who jumped up from the chair to protect himself from Gay.

Police said the victims struggled with Gay for some time inside the shop before Kakaleles grabbed a glass tabletop and slammed it on the attacker’s head, shattering the glass and slicing Gay’s face.

“We were in survival mode and giving him all we got, but he kept resisting us,” Walker said.

Gay left the tattoo parlor, heading south on Orange Avenue, but left behind a trail of blood from his cuts.

When Orlando police arrived at the scene, they followed the blood trail along the sidewalk and across Orange Avenue. A nearby resident called police to say that a man covered in blood was in the area of Muriel Street.

Police searched that area and found a black piece of clothing snagged on top of a fence. Blood covered the swatch of fabric. Another officer later found Gay, bleeding from the head, on East Harding Street.

Walker and Kakaleles identified Gay as their attacker and crews transported him to Orlando Regional Medical Center to treat his wounds.

Orlando Officer Wayne Costa interviewed Gay at ORMC. The man told Costa he attacked the victims because they were “playing word games.”

Walker denied those accusations.

Corrections records show Gay, originally of Lakeland, has a violent criminal history. He spent 10 years at the Santa Rosa Correctional Institution in Milton, Fla. under close custody — meaning that he had to be maintained within an armed perimeter or under direct, armed supervision when outside of that secured area.

His decade-long prison sentence was for convictions on charges of burglary, grand theft, robbery with a deadly weapon and resisting an officer with violence stemming from cases in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

Walker is relieved he survived the attack, but said his guitar suffered a couple dings.

“I can still play it,” Walker said while laughing. “In fact, I think the dings give it a little character.”

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