Saying “I run this street, not the cops,” a Tavernier man threatened two kids with an air rifle Thursday when he saw them walking down his road, police say.
James Joyce, 53, reportedly believed the youths, ages 11 and 14, were rummaging through stuff he put to the curb as trash on West Indies Road. It was about 7 p.m., according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Becky Herrin said Joyce saw the kids in front of his house on the street and yelled at them to get away from his property. When they didn’t immediately leave, he went inside, retrieved what looked to the kids and neighbors like a black rifle and waved it around. Full Story »