A 19-year-old Ocala man was arrested after he allegedly pointed a gun at a group of people twice from the back seat of a moving Jeep.
Courtney Lamar Carpenter, of 821 NW 6th Terrace, was charged with four counts of assault with intent to commit a battery after the incident, which happened May 21 outside a residence on NW 42nd Street.
The victims told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy they were in the front yard when a white newer-model Jeep Wrangler occupied by three black males drove past the home. They said a man in the back seat – later identified as Carpenter – pointed a black semiautomatic handgun with an extended magazine at everybody and was smiling and yelling, “yeah” while doing so, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The victims said about 3-4 minutes later, the Jeep drove by again at a very low speed and Carpenter again pointed the gun at them while laughing and smiling. One of the victims said she was in fear of her life, while another said it wasn’t the first time Carpenter has done this, the report said.
A be-on-the-lookout order (BOLO) was issued and the Jeep was spotted traveling north on Gainesville Road. A deputy followed the vehicle as it turned off onto a dirt road at NW 95th Street and then turned around and headed southbound Gainesville Road. Multiple units tried to conduct a traffic stop in the 1800 block of Martin Luther King Avenue but the vehicle failed to stop, according to the report.
A search was initiated with emergency lights and sirens. After a short pursuit, the vehicle pulled into the back yard of Carpenter’s residence on NW 6th Terrace and everyone fled. Carpenter returned a short time later and was detained. One of the victims was brought to the scene and she identified Carpenter as the man who pointed the gun at the group, the report said.
After being read his Miranda rights, Carpenter told the deputy he was not in the area. He said he was getting a haircut and didn’t know the other subjects. Carpenter refused to speak any further about the incident, according to the report.
Carpenter was taken to the Marion County Jail, where he was released May 22 on $8,000 bond. No court information was available.