Neighbor unhappy with fireworks pulls out gun, police say

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 9:16 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 6:46 p.m.

A Gainesville man who was angry with his neighbors over their use of fireworks on the Fourth of July pulled out an air rifle and pointed it at the two adults and a 2-year-old child, police reported.

Marc Levy, 62, who lives in the New Horizons apartment complex at 3440 SW 28th Terrace along with the victims, was charged with aggravated assault, child abuse and resisting an officer without violence in connection with the incident.

Levy came out of his apartment at around 9 p.m. Thursday and began yelling at the neighbors about the fireworks, the Gainesville Police Department reported. The neighbors told police Levy then disappeared for a short moment back into his apartment but re-emerged with a black, AR-15 style airsoft rifle.

Levy waved the gun in the air several times before pointing it directly at all three victims, who were standing together, police reported. The victims told responding officers they were in fear of being shot when Levy pointed the gun at them.

Officer Crystal Castor approached Levy, who was sitting on his front porch with his hands concealed behind his back, and gave him several commands directing him to remove his hands from behind him. Levy ultimately exposed his hands and was arrested.

Levy was booked into the Alachua County jail, where he remained Friday without bond.

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