A Dunnellon man was arrested Saturday on multiple charges after being accused of pointing a rifle at several people – including children – while chasing them in his vehicle.
Marion County sheriff’s deputies were called to a residence in the 10600 block of SW 156th Lane and when they arrived, several victims said they had taken their children on four-wheelers to the 9800 block of SW 158th Lane to see a wrecked airplane fuselage that had been placed in a vacant lot on the south side of the road. One victim said while they were inspecting the plane they heard four or five close-range gunshots coming from the north side of the road, just east of where they were standing.
One of the victims said a man later identified as 32-year-old Randall William Pfettscher was holding a black AR-style rifle with a silver tip and a clear, circular drum magazine. He said Pfettscher then got into a red Jeep Cherokee and drove alongside the victims, pointing his rifle at them and telling them to stay off his property, as they drove away on their four-wheelers, a sheriff’s office report states.
The victim said Pfettscher then “sped off down the road.” He said they were unaware that anyone owned the vacant lot and they didn’t see any “no trespassing” signs posted.
All of the victims gave deputies the same story and said they were in fear for their lives. One reported seeing Pfettscher fire the weapon into the ground “in an attempt to scare the victims.” And another was able to identify Pfettscher from living in the area, the report says.
A criminal background check showed that Pfettscher had been arrested for burglary of an unoccupied dwelling or structure on March 12, 2007 in Sumter County. Records also showed that he had been convicted of the crime and sentenced to one year and one day in prison, the report says.
Pfettscher was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with seven counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon and improper exhibit of a firearm or dangerous weapon. He was released late Saturday night on $25,000 bond and his next court date hasn’t yet been set, jail records show.