DESTIN — A 35-year-old Miramar Beach man was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after stabbing another man in nightclub, lawmen say.

Ricardo Von Hewitt was arguing with another patron inside Bric A Brac nightclub early Sunday morning when he hit him in the head with a closed fist while holding a knife, according to his Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Hewitt struck the other man six to 10 times in the head, the report said.

An Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputy who was working an off-duty detail at the club was told about the fight.

A witness confirmed that Hewitt had the knife and had struck the other man with it repeatedly.

Hewitt said he didn't start the fight and refused to let the deputy read him his rights.