A Dunnellon man was arrested after allegedly stalking his ex-wife and attempting to shoot her new boyfriend in a Belleview parking lot.
The Belleview Police Department responded to the incident at Town Center Plaza in Belleview on Tuesday, September 21 at around 6:30 p.m.
According to the BPD report, the ex-wife and her new boyfriend had received massages at the plaza and as they were leaving the plaza in separate vehicles, 35-year-old Earl McCree approached the boyfriend’s vehicle and shot at the driver’s side door. The victims say McCree left the scene shortly thereafter.
After interviewing both victims and reviewing surveillance video, Belleview Police were able to stage a call between the victim and McCree. During the call, McCree admitted to shooting at the boyfriend, stating that he “could have” taken his life if he “wanted to.”
McCree stated that he wanted the boyfriend to leave his ex-wife alone and allegedly threatened “next time, it ain’t gonna be pretty,” according to the report.
After the call, the BPD officer made contact with McCree’s probation officer, who confirmed that McCree was wearing a GPS monitor. The probation officer confirmed McCree’s location at the plaza during the time of the incident. His location was tracked to Ocala and Belleview Police Department coordinated with Ocala Police Department to stage an arrest.
McCree was located by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Sexual Offender Predator Unit and arrested by the Ocala Police Department at 9:12 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21. In addition to wearing a GPS monitor for probation, McCree is also GPS monitored as a registered sex offender.
McCree was transported to the Marion County Jail and faces multiple felony charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, stalking, and resisting arrest. McCree’s next court date is set for October 26 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.