Florida Man Gets Drunk, Holds Neighbors at Gunpoint Mistaking Them For Burglars

Charles Arant Tallahassee Gun Neighbors

courtesy wtxl.com

On Sunday, August 19, Charles Arant, 73, of Tallahassee, Florida was arrested by the Tallahassee Police Department for pulling a gun on his neighbor’s family because he thought they were burglars. According to WTXL News; the neighbor told TPD that he was unpacking his car with his family at their home when Arant walked out of the bushes and held them at gunpoint while trying to determine if they were residents of the neighborhood.

The TPD’s report states that officers went to Arant’s home to speak with him. Another individual in Arant’s home answered the door and directed police toward Arant’s room where he was laying down. She said that Arant 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. – WTXL News

Arant was arrested and charged with FS 784.021(1)(a) – Aggravated Assault without intent to kill (felony 3rd degree) and FS 790.151(3) – Using firearm while under the influence of alcoholic beverages (misdemeanor 2nd degree).

He has since been released on a $3,500 bond. If found guilty, the aggravated assault charge will result in a loss of his gun rights under Florida law. In the mean time, he’s gained the title of our irresponsible gun owner of the day.

comments

  1. avatar Kroglikepie says:

    Huh. So that is what Wilford Brimley has been up to…

    1. avatar ANONNYMOUS says:

      Would the community at large teach or explain to me *why or how* do people feel a heightened sense to be nosey (meddel), by departing the safety of their domain space and inject themselves in another persons affairs –just because they have access to a firearm; or a baseball bat?

      How is this constantly taking place amongst older, supposed to be responsibly people? This is happening both while being intoxicated and ‘not’ being intoxicated.

      I have no shame watching other person(s) property get stolen and vandalized without me even dialing 911 to report it. People need to take a class in

      “Mind Your Own Damn Business”

      … when it is not anyone with whom you are responsible. Specially if you are leaving your safe space then injecting yourself into another persons’ affairs.

      Was that correct grammar? Oh well …

      1. avatar Kroglikepie says:

        Because diabeeetus.

  2. avatar Turd Ferguson says:

    Diabeeetus.

  3. avatar New Continental Army says:

    Another chapter in the epic saga known as Florida Man.

  4. avatar jwm says:

    alcohol and firearms do not mix.

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Alcohol and stupid is an even more dangerous combination.

    2. avatar Hannibal says:

      it is probably a good idea to avoid getting drunk enough to be this stupid even without the guns unless you have a sober friend minding you.

  5. avatar blahpony says:

    Check your revolver’s blood sugar. Check it often.

  6. avatar Jonathan-Houston says:

    Take his guns forever. Oh, and if you live at that residence, too, your guns are gone, too.

  7. avatar Ranger Rick says:

    “he’s gained the title of our irresponsible gun owner of the day” as well as the ever popular Florida Man.

  8. avatar Not a Florida Man says:

    If that neighbor had knocked the old fart on his ass a lot you would claim the old fart was justified in killing him. You would attempt to articulate some variation of the obscure legal principle known as old, nosey white man privilege. Where in: suburbanite white men, especially old ones, because they’re frail (although “old” can mean as young as forty in some cases) are imbued with the right to live out they’re cop fantasy power trips through mere power object possession. After all the old fart was out numbered, by his next door neighbors. Whom he didn’t recognize cause he’s probably a grouch that never bothered to get to know them, yet apparently wants to defend their home for them. More likely he wanted to find a reason to shoot somebody.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Another racist leftist proggie suffering from TDS. You guys need to get over it. And you’ll have a lot more to cry about coming up in 2020.

      1. avatar Not a Florida Man says:

        Granted, I’m not saying it’s a rap by any means, but you seem unwavering in your confidence. Did you watch the news this week at all? Your really not worried just a little at this point? I think you should at least be prepared to consider the possibility.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          hillary was supposed to be in the white house.
          didn’t happen. And now we have antifa, bought and paid for by the dems, beating bernie bros. You folks refuse to accept that Trump is just better than you and he has the backing of the people.

          See you, and your tears, in November.

        2. avatar Kroglikepie says:

          You mean the Manafort convictions that have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with Trump? Or the Cohen conviction for something that is so ill defined as a crime that it means nothing?

          I expect trouble for the GOP, but only because paste-eating morons like you can’t be bothered to spend two seconds on a web search to discern what actually happened. Instead, you default to commies like Chris Cuomo telling you how to think. Pathetic.

        3. avatar Not a Florida Man says:

          No tears here. I didn’t vote for either but now realize I prefer him to Hillary, at least with him I save twenty bucks a month by canceling my channel package and theres no knew war in the middle east (yet). I’mmmmm juuuuust saaaaayin; you seem awfully invested emotionally in that guy. It may hurt pretty bad if you end up being wrong.

        4. avatar Huntmaster says:

          When you ask “Did you watch the news this week at all?” are you referring to the same news outlets and sources that kept telling us Trump didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell until damned near midnight on the night of the election? Are those the news sources we are supposed to be paying attention to? Yeah right!

    2. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      … white men [erroneously believe that they] … are imbued with the right to live out they’re cop fantasy power trips through mere power object possession.”

      Not only do you know what is best for all of us, you can even read our minds!

      — Or —

      You operate on emotion and your personal notion of virtue and proceed to disparage anyone who is “different”.

      The 73 year-old alcoholic jack-ass in this article is just that, nothing more and nothing less. And he most assuredly is NOT representative of most other men who own firearms.

      1. avatar Not a Florida Man says:

        You understand that even in a court of law intent can be established by action examined in context right? Rarely if ever are we required to only accept literal articulation as proof of state of mind. You in particular like to rely on this spurious idea that critics “can’t read minds” and there fore are projecting there own bias on to others in their judgments. There is a lot of that obtuse “literalist” thinking going around these days, as if people don’t rely on contextual inference in every other aspect of life. It’s ironic, cause it’s similar to arguments crappy defense attorney’s use, which I’m going to “Infer” you find distasteful, it rarely works. It’s also at it’s core a variation of politically correct logic. Giuliani is the current king of this particular brand of bullshit, just like cochcran was in the 90’s, obviously in cochrans’ case it worked.

  9. avatar Ed Schrade says:

    What an idiot ! The libs love that kind of idiot to try to use to use as a model of the rest of us.

  10. avatar Ralph says:

    Just when I thought that TTAG was out of the IGOTD business, they pull us back in.

  11. avatar Kendahl says:

    It sounds like the old drunk backed off when he figured out that the “burglars” were actually his neighbors. Either way, it was a stupid thing for him to do. If you think your neighbors are being burglarized, stay in your own home and call the police. Your gun is for when it’s your home somebody is trying to break into.

    1. avatar Huntmaster says:

      When the left has us convinced that we should stay in our houses and hide while our neighbor’s homes are being robbed, we’re pretty close to the place they need us to be just before they confiscate our guns.

      1. avatar FedUp says:

        One time, broad daylight, I heard a horrible sound of rending metal from behind the neighbor’s house.
        It sounded like somebody was ripping the steel siding off his garage/workshop.

        I wandered over there, rifle in hand, to find my neighbor and his nephew unscrewing a rusty hitch ball from his pickup truck with a 10′ pipe slipped over the wrench. And they were yanking hard on the pipe just to get the nut to turn a little. screechsqwaaack…

        My neighbor looked at me, said ‘concerned neighbors are good to have, concerned neighbors with guns are better’.

        I’d hate to live in a world where it’s considered an offense to pick up a rifle on the way to check on your neighbor’s safety. And picking up a phone and dialing 9-1-1 to report a suspicious noise would have been really stupid under the circumstances. “sorry I sic’d a deputy on ya, neighbor”

        1. avatar Willford Brimley says:

          “My neighbor looked at me, said ‘concerned neighbors are good to have, concerned neighbors with guns are better’.”

          One, hundred, percent,… bullshit.

        2. avatar LarryinTX says:

          The guy was stupid to venture out because he was drunk. However, I think I would go for a jury trial on that “assault” charge, from this report his heart was in the right place, and he did not assault his neighbor, just checked to make sure it *was* his neighbor, and then left. He had no criminal or even violent intentions. I’d plead to nothing on that charge.

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