Florida Keys

These men were fighting about walking their dogs. Then one pulled out a knife, cops say.

Kyle Cowan, left, and Colin Romine
Kyle Cowan, left, and Colin Romine Monroe County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: No charges were formally filed against Colin Romine, according to Monroe County court documents.


Two Key West men traded blows and one pulled out a knife during a fight Thursday after which both were jailed, accused of battery, police said.

Kyle Cowan, 31, and Colin Romine, 25, got into an argument over walking their dogs. When Romine turned away, Cowan threw a laundry basket at his head, according to the arrest reports.

The men began punching and grabbing each other before Cowan retrieved a knife from a butcher block in the kitchen and held the blade against Romine’s neck, police said.

“I’m going to end your life,” Cowan said, according to the reports.

Cowan also broke a decorative wooden boat over Romine’s arm during the fight, which happened before 10 p.m. at an apartment on South Roosevelt Boulevard.

Cowan was arrested on a charge of felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and Romine, on a charge of misdemeanor battery.

Before saying he wanted a lawyer, Cowan reportedly told police Romine hit him with a chair and then held him on the ground.

At midday Friday, both were being held at the Stock Island Detention Center without bond.