Florida Keys Landlord Threatened Tenants With Shotgun Over Late Rent: Cops

Marathon landlord facing aggravated assault charges for threatening tenants with shotgun: Authorities

Friday, Nov 16, 2012  |  Updated 12:39 PM EDT
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A Marathon landlord is facing aggravated assault charges after he threatened his tenants with a shotgun in a dispute over late rent payments, authorities said Friday.

Michael Sapp, 36, was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after deputies responded to his home in the 300 block of 66th Street Ocean, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

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When deputies arrived, Sapp told them he'd gotten into an argument with the tenants because they hadn't been paying rent on time and he used the shotgun "to make his point," authorities said.

The victims said they'd returned from shopping when the confrontation took place. Two witnesses also confirmed seeing Sapp with the shotgun during the confrontation, authorities said.

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Sapp told the deputies where to find his shotgun and was taken into custody. Jail records showed he was being held without bond Friday and it's unknown whether he has an attorney.

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