Punta Gorda father and son arrested for stalking
FOX 4 Staff
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - A Charlotte County deputy arrested a father and son on Saturday for stalking and harassing their 64-year-old neighbor.
The case against 49-year-old Douglas Cole Everly and his 23-year-old son Ryan started back in October 2012.
The neighbor contacted CCSO about the Everly’s yelling profanity, making obscene hand gestures, honking their horn, and generally harassing him whenever they see him regardless of who is around.
The victim kept a log of the incidents that began, including three witnesses who were at his home on different occasions and saw the actions of the Everly’s.
The deputy spoke to Douglas Everly and he denied he did it. He was given a warning that if he continued to harass his neighbor, charges would be brought against him. The victim began keeping a log of all of harassment incidents.
On February 27 deputies contacted Douglas Everly by phone and asked to meet with him and his son. Doug Everly told the deputy, “I give that man the finger every time I pass his house and I’m going to keep giving him the finger. I cuss at him and call him “faggot” every time I see him. If I ever come across him in WalMart, there is going to be a problem because I (expletive deleted) hate that guy.” He told the deputy he would have to catch him and his son when they are home on the weekend as he would not come to CCSO.
On Saturday the deputy met with the senior Everly who denied the WalMart threat. The deputy reported that the pattern of harassment committed by the father and son has no legitimate purpose other than to cause the victim emotional distress. Both have willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly, followed and harassed the victim for the past four to five months.
Douglas Everly was arrested Saturday and taken to the Charlotte County Jail. His son, Ryan Cole Everly turned himself in at the jail on Sunday. Both were released after they posted a $1,000 bond each.