Sunday, July 5, 2020
76.7 F
Ocala

Man accused of showing his genitals charged with making box-cutter threat

Franklin Wiggins

A 59-year-old Ocala man with a prior aggravated assault conviction was arrested early Tuesday for allegedly threatening a man with a box-cutter.

Franklin Wiggins was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after the incident, which happened shortly after midnight. A criminal history check revealed that Wiggins was convicted of aggravated assault in January 2009 in Levy County.

The victim told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that Wiggins recently used methamphetamine and saying he was going to kill members of the family while exposing his genitals to him. The victim said he told Wiggins to go lay down and sleep it off, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said Wiggins went to his room, came out with a black-handled box-cutter and pinned him against the wall before a female eyewitness got between them to separate them. The victim had a small, fresh laceration on his right pinky knuckle, the report said.

The female eyewitness said Wiggins was in an altered mental state and irate for the entire day. She said the victim tried to get Wiggins to go lay down to sleep whatever he had taken. The witness said Wiggins went to his room and came back out with a black-handled box cutter and pinned the victim to the wall until she broke them apart, according to the report.

Another eyewitness, who is deaf, communicated in writing that he saw Wiggins push the victim, the report said.

Wiggins was still irate when the deputy spoke to him. Before being asked any questions, Wiggins said he never made any statements about harming anyone, never put his hands on anyone, and that everybody in the residence is conspiring against him. He also rambled about different topics, stating that the deputy is an undercover ATF agent and was disrespectful in a previous encounter, which the deputy was not present for, according to the report.

Wiggins was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was being held Thursday on $5,000 bond.

Photos in Ocala, Florida

Crime

FedEx driver helps Marion sheriff’s deputies nab Umatilla man after pursuit

A man was jailed recently after a FedEx driver helped Marion County sheriff’s deputies take him into custody.

New York City transplant nabbed for driving with suspended license

An Ocala motorist was jailed Wednesday morning after a Marion County sheriff’s deputy recognized him and knew he didn’t have a driver’s license.

22-year-old Ocala man nabbed on DUI charge after reports of reckless driver

An Ocala man was jailed recently after Marion County sheriff’s deputies received a call about a reckless driver.

Ocklawaha woman accused of punching man in face during spat

An Ocklawaha woman who told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy to just go ahead and arrest her was charged with simple domestic battery after she allegedly punched a man in the face several times.

Business

Historic 12-room inn near Downtown Ocala on the market for just under $1.2 million

The Shamrock Historic Inn offers 12 guest rooms with ‘cozy and eclectic’ themes and a manager/owner apartment.

Bryant tabbed to serve as vice chair of Florida Association of Counties committee

Marion County Commission Chairwoman Kathy Bryant has been appointed to serve as vice chair of the Florida Association of Counties’ Finance, Tax & Administration Committee.

Chuck E Cheese Ocala off list of nationwide closures amidst company bankruptcy filing

Chuck E Cheese in Ocala was not included in the list of restaurant locations closed by the company as a result of their bankruptcy filing last week.

Local business owner asking for donations to benefit family of late soldier

A local business owner is asking the community for donations to help the family of a late solider. 

Subscribe for email updates

* indicates required

Headlines

FedEx driver helps Marion sheriff’s deputies nab Umatilla man after pursuit

A man was jailed recently after a FedEx driver helped Marion County sheriff’s deputies take him into custody.

New York City transplant nabbed for driving with suspended license

An Ocala motorist was jailed Wednesday morning after a Marion County sheriff’s deputy recognized him and knew he didn’t have a driver’s license.

22-year-old Ocala man nabbed on DUI charge after reports of reckless driver

An Ocala man was jailed recently after Marion County sheriff’s deputies received a call about a reckless driver.

76 percent of Marion County COVID-19 cases in Ocala and Summerfield

As the Coronavirus continues to sweep through tri-county area, 76 percent of the cases in Marion County are being reported in Ocala and Summerfield.

More articles like this