Machete-wielding neighbor makes threats over yard waste

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A man is behind bars after allegedly threatening his neighbor with a machete and then threatening a Jacksonville Sheriff's Officer with his five Rottweilers in Arlington on Tuesday.

Bobby Riggs Williams, 44, is facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer without violence, according to JSO online inmate information.

Police responded just after 11 a.m. to the 10400 block of Ebbitt Avenue and found Williams "yelling, cursing and making racial comments about his neighbor from inside his locked chain link fence" and "that he had a machete and was not afraid to use it," according to a JSO arrest report.

Earlier, Williams was allegedly threatening his neighbor and screaming at him for blowing yard waste onto his property. Williams then ran onto the neighbor's property with a machete and threatened to kill him, the report detailed.

The report goes on to say that after Williams made repeated threats to his neighbor and the neighbor asked Williams to leave his property, the neighbor took out a pocket knife and a small knife he got from his home and said he would defend himself.

When police arrived, an officer asked Williams to come out of his locked fence. When Williams wouldn't come out, an officer began climbing the fence and according to the report, "Mr. Williams stated 'I will release my dogs and have them come get you if you come over the fence (Mr. Williams has numerous Rottweilers).'"

Another neighbor's security cameras recorded the confrontation between Williams and the neighbor and according to police the video showed that Williams' neighbor did not blow grass clippings onto his property. The surveillance footage also showed Williams retrieving his machete and going onto his neighbor's property.

The JSO SWAT team was called to the area, but was then canceled after Williams left his property just before 2 p.m. and was taken into custody.

Williams is being held in the Duval County Jail and is not eligible for bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday at 9 a.m.


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