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Man accused of pointing gun at victim during rent dispute

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Posted at 10:21 AM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 15:02:16-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Deland man is facing assault charges after police say he pointed a gun at a person during an argument about past due rent.

Aaron Crawford, 25, was arrested in connection to the incident. 

On July 11, Crawford was arguing about past due rent with a man the victim knew when the victim walked over to them, according to a probable cause affidavit.

When the victim approached, Crawford took a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at him, the court document said.

"You know I'm strapped," the victim wrote that Crawford said.

The victim said he feared for his life because Crawford's finger was on the trigger of the pistol and he believed Crawford would shoot him.

Crawford told the victim to return to his car. When he did, the victim phoned 911, and Crawford then sped his car away from the apartment.

A Tallahassee Police Department officer reached Crawford by phone. Crawford said he would meet the officer at a location out of the officer's jurisdiction, in unincorporated Leon County.

They met as scheduled, but because of jurisdictional issues, the officer wrote, he could not conduct a suspect interview.

Crawford later spoke with another officer by phone and said he was out of town but would have his attorney contact him. The suspect also said he had "worked" everything out with the victim, and he denied ever having had a gun.

At a later time, the man Crawford owed the money to allowed him to remove his property from the apartment and told the investigator he hadn't "worked" everything out with him.

The investigator wrote that he never received a call from Crawford's attorney.

As a result, Crawford was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Tuesday and released later that day on a $2,500 bond.