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Belleview man arrested for threatening tenants with firearm

A 66-year-old Belleview man was arrested by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after he allegedly threatened two of his tenants with a firearm.

On Saturday, March 25, an MCSO deputy responded to a residence on SE 125th Street in Belleview in reference to a man, identified as Mark Everett Harrington, who was in possession of a gun. The arrest report stated that the sheriff’s office had received a total of four calls in the past week regarding verbal and physical disturbances involving Harrington at the same location.

Mark Everett Harrington
Mark Everett Harrington

Upon arrival at the residence, the deputy observed Harrington on the back porch, and Harrington had placed his firearm down. The deputy collected the firearm and noted in the report that it was a fully loaded Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum revolver.

Harrington told the deputy that the revolver belonged to him, and he admitted that he had been carrying it around inside the home, according to the MCSO report.

The deputy entered the residence and made contact with the victims who advised that they lived at the incident location with Harrington. The MCSO report stated that Harrington was the victims’ landlord.

At the time of the incident, the victims advised that Harrington exited his bedroom with a revolver in his hand. According to the victims, Harrington pulled back the revolver’s hammer, pointed the firearm at them, and told them to “get out,” according to the MCSO report.

The deputy noted in the report that the victims had recorded a video of the incident. The deputy viewed this video footage and noted that it was consistent with the victims’ statements. When the deputy asked if they were in fear for their lives during the incident, both victims said, “Yes.”

According to the MCSO report, the deputy returned to Harrington and inquired about the incident. Harrington denied the victims’ allegations and stated that he “kept the revolver down by his side the entire time.”

Harrington was arrested, transported to Marion County Jail, and he was later released on $2,000 bond. He is facing a felony charge for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

A court date has not been scheduled yet, according to jail records.