Archer man accused of biting, beating, threatening to kill 2 women
Published: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 9:29 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2012 at 9:29 a.m.
An Archer man was arrested Sunday evening after his wife and daughter told deputies he chased them through the house with a shotgun while threatening to kill them, bit them hard enough to draw blood and beat them on their heads.
Aaron J. Pickens, 64, was arrested by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office on two counts each of aggravated battery and committing a felony act that could cause death, as well as one count each of obstructing justice and domestic battery by strangulation.
In an arrest report, Deputy William A. Black wrote that the problem began with an argument between Pickens and his teenage daughter over sausage. The teen had thrown the meat away while cleaning up the kitchen and that angered her father, according to Black’s report.
Deputies said they had to break into the home because both doors were locked and they could hear two female voices calling for help from inside. Deputies found Pickens in a bathroom with his wife and the couple’s daughter as the trio struggled for control of the shotgun.
Black said deputies had to use a Taser on Pickens to get him to comply with their orders.
In their statements to deputies, the mother and daughter said Pickens grabbed his daughter around the throat and told her, “I am going to break your neck” and “I am going to kill you tonight.”
The mother broke the two apart and then fled with the daughter into a bedroom, where she said they locked the door and pushed a dresser up against it. After Pickens unlocked the door and wedged it partway open, the mother and daughter said he stuck the barrel of the shotgun through the door and told them he was going to start counting backward from three and would begin shooting when he got to zero.
Next, the mother and daughter said, Pickens was able to wedge himself into the bedroom so the mother grabbed the barrel of the gun and tried to get it out of his hands, and the daughter tried to help her mother. In his report, Black said the daughter was able to eject a live round from the chamber of the shotgun while Pickens yelled to her that she would be the first to die.
The struggle moved into a bathroom where the three family members fell to the floor. In the process, the mother and daughter said Pickens lost control of the gun but picked up a glass soap bottle off the side of the tub and hit both women on their heads and then pulled the shower head off the wall and hit the mother in the head. Pickens next reportedly tried to regain control of the gun, which involved biting both mother and daughter.
One of the women had called 911, and deputies forced their way into the house and wrestled Pickens into the bedroom, where he was jolted with a Taser. Black said deputies initially thought the mother was not breathing on the bathroom floor, but then they realized the 59-year-old woman was exhausted from the struggle.
In Black’s report, he noted that Pickens refused to answer any questions about the incident and was booked into the Alachua County jail.