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A man threw mangos at a neighbor he thought was gay. Now he’s in deep trouble.

A man threw mangos at a neighbor he thought was gay. Now he’s in deep trouble.
Charles Oliver Lovekin Photo: Broward Co. Sheriff's Office

A man in North Lauderdale, Florida is being held on a $15,000 bail for hurling two mangos and a rock at his next-door neighbor who he thought was gay.

According to a report released Wednesday by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, 61-year-old Charles Oliver Lovekin was the alleged fruit-wielding assailant in the attack.

The incident occurred when Lovekin, who owns a mango tree, was approached by his next-door neighbor after a fruit from the tropical evergreen dropped onto his patio and made a loud noise.

Lovekin later told police, “I felt uncomfortable by the way he was looking at me.”

“I thought he was gay,” he explained.

Sheriffs say the incident escalated as Lovekin became enraged and started hurling insults at the neighbor, screaming he was a “gay” and a “motherf**ker.”

That’s when Lovekin threw the first mango at the man.

That mango missed. A second hit the neighbor in the chest.

The victim, who is married to a woman and has children, told authorities he’s on blood thinners.

Lovekin also threw a rock at the man, which the neighbor dodged. That’s when the neighbor called 911.

When sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene, Lovekin was unrepentant.

“I threw the mangoes at him because I thought he was gay,” he told the officers. “I felt uncomfortable by the way he was looking at me, so I threw the mangoes and rock at him.”

As of Wednesday, Lovekin remained behind bars. He faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery causing bodily harm, committing a third-degree felony with evidence of prejudice, and committing a first-degree misdemeanor with evidence of prejudice.

He’s being held on a $15,000 bond.

A judge ordered Lovekin to submit to electronic monitoring and to have no contact with his neighbor.

According to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, in Miami, Florida mango season usually starts in May and ends in October.

“During these warm and sunny months, South Florida becomes a mango haven as its orchards begin to produce tropical fruit,” botanical experts at the garden wrote.

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