GPD: Man with ax accused of threatening neighbors

Published: Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 11:21 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 11:21 a.m.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Since this story published, all charges were dropped and case closed after state review stated Shane Charles Souza didn't commit a crime.

Police arrested a man after witnesses said he was carrying an ax on his shoulder while threatening to cut two neighbors.

Shane Charles Souza, 42, of 1406 NW Fifth Ave., was charged with two counts of aggravated assault when he was arrested by the Gainesville Police Department.

In an arrest report, Officer Michael Preston said Souza was carrying an ax over his right shoulder as he confronted two of his neighbors. The neighbors were walking with a scooter, and Souza was apparently unaware that the owner of the scooter had given the neighbors permission to work on it.

An argument ensued, witnesses said, and Souza told the neighbors, "I will cut you." The neighbors said they were concerned Souza would harm them with the ax, so they tried to get him to put it down, but he told them, "You don't think I will use it."

The neighbors said they told Souza they were calling the police and Souza went into his home.

In his report, Preston wrote that Souza denied saying he would cut the neighbors and said he was carrying the ax because he had been outside cutting wood.

Souza was booked into the Alachua County jail.

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