Lehigh Acres man arrested for pointing gun a TV news crew
FOX 4 Staff
Jeremiah Edward Mayo
LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - The pursuit of a story found a local television news crew looking at the wrong end of a gun in Lehigh Acres on Wednesday.
A reporter and photographer from WBBH went to an address 1000 block of Fayette Avenue to do a story on a burglary in which two dogs were stolen.
The crew was waiting in their vehicle in the driveway of the victim's home when two vehicles slowly drove by them.
A man later identified as Jerimiah Edward Mayo jumped out of one of the cars and pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the news crew. The reporter yelled at her photographer, "He's got a gun!" They then tried to back out of the driveway, all the while Mayo approached their vehicle gun drawn. The reporter and photographer pointed to their "PRESS" plate but Mayo shouted obscenities and told them to leave.
Mayo was the brother of the robbery victim.
The news crew drove away and came across a Lee County deputy down the street and reported the incident.
Deputies tracked Mayo, 23, down at Veterans Park. He said that he pulled his gun out because of the recent murders of two close friends but that he never pointed the weapon at the news crew.
Detectives later found Mayo's gun on his bed at his home. Mayo is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.