Pencil-wielding woman behind bars after neighbor reports death threats

Ocala Police officers scrambled to an apartment complex for the second time Monday after receiving calls about an assault.

When they arrived at the Regency Apartments, located at 2205 NE 2nd Street, they saw 54-year-old Barbara Elaine Counts sitting outside her apartment. When she spotted the officers, she got up, went inside and locked the door, a police report states.

Barbara Elaine Counts was arrested Monday and on the way to a patrol car, Ocala Police officers reported that she made threats to kill her neighbor when she gets out of jail.

A man who lives in the apartment told officers that Counts is his father’s live-in girlfriend. He said his father was out of state and that after officers told Counts to stay inside the apartment during their first visit, she “immediately began causing problems,” the report says.

The man said he had been sitting outside on the walkway in front of a different apartment when Counts allegedly came at him brandishing a pencil like a knife and threatening to kill a 31-year-old woman who lives next door. He said that woman went back inside her apartment and Counts returned to their unit, went into his bedroom and started “tearing up” the place using the pencil, the report says.

The woman confirmed that Counts came at her brandishing the pencil like a knife. She stated that Counts told her she was going to kill her for calling the police. She said Counts is “intoxicated every day” and she is worried because she has small children, the report says.

After another witness confirmed the woman’s story, officers made contact with Counts, who was “pretending to be sleeping in her bedroom.” She told officers that nothing happened after they left her during the earlier visit and she just went to bed, the report says.

An officer told Counts that he had seen her sitting in front of the apartment earlier, which she denied and repeated that she had been sleeping. She was then taken into custody and placed in handcuffs, the report says.

Once outside the apartment, officers reported that Counts repeatedly yelled at her neighbor that she was going to kill her when she got out of jail – threats that were captured on an officer’s body camera, the report says.

Counts was transported to the Marion County Jail and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon. She is being held on $2,000 bond and is due in court on July 16 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charge.