Man accused of pulling gun on Tallahassee family while drunk

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Posted at 11:35 AM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 22:50:08-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee man has been arrested, accused of pulling a gun on his neighbor's family because he thought they were burglars.

Charles Arant, 73, has been charged with aggravated assault and using a firearm under the influence of alcohol, according to court documents. 

On Sunday, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to a home on Vinnedge Ride for a weapons call.

The victim told officers that he was at the home, unpacking his car with his family members when his neighbor, Charles Arant, walked out of the bushes and asked them who they were. He said the man pointed a handgun at him while they spoke.

After arguing about the victim's identity, Arant turned and walked back into the bushes.

Documents say officers immediately walked to Arant's home to speak with him. Another person answered the door, but directed police toward Arant's room where he was laying down.

The person told officers that Arant had went outside and confronted someone earlier. She said had been drinking excessively that day, which she claimed was a common occurrence. 

When officers spoke to Arant, he told officers he had "at least three large drinks of 100 proof vodka when he heard sounds coming from his neighbor's house." He said he saw flashlights moving around the driveway, which prompted him to grab his revolver and see what was going on.

Arant said he then walked outside and confronted the people with his gun drawn. The neighbor identified the people in the driveway as his family and, since there was no burglary, Arant said he walked back to his house.

Based on the evidence, Arant was arrested and booked in jail on a $3,500 bond. He has since bonded out.