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Man upset over inheritance arrested for breaking into aunt's house, assaulting gardener

Sat, Dec. 29, 2007
The Associated Press

ATLANTA --Police have charged a 20-year-old Virginia man with breaking into his aunt's Atlanta home after his dead father's estate was willed solely to her.
Investigators say Michael Amsie - carrying a sawed-off shotgun and a knife and wearing a disguise - was trying to get his father's money and property back from Eleanor Barton, who is in her 70s, and her husband, Charles Barton, who is in his 80s.

The Barton's 28-year-old gardener, Edwardo Tovar, thwarted the Thursday robbery with a fireplace tool, police said. Amsie stabbed Tovar in the face, shoulder, chest, knee and hands during a struggle, police said.

Amsie, who lives in Maurertown, Va., was treated at Grady Memorial Hospital and released. He is being held without bond at the Fulton County jail on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

Amsie is set to appear in court Jan. 11. His public defender could not be reached for comment.

He also has a court date Wednesday on unrelated charges of felony eluding and child endangerment stemming from an incident in Virginia. He was free on bail for those charges when he broke into his aunt's home.

Tovar is recovering from his stab wounds at Piedmont hospital.