CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Man Threatens Roommate With Hatchet
(July 21, 2014)- On July 18, 2014 at around 9:00 PM Cape Coral Police responded to a disturbance in progress at 1122 Patterson Road, Cape Coral, Florida. A neighbor called in, stating that a male was chasing another male with a hatchet.
Officers made contact with the victim, who stated that he had gotten into a verbal argument with his friend and roommate, Ricky Towne. Towne then picked up a silver colored hatchet with a strong grip and followed the victim outside the residence. While holding the hatchet in his hand and above his chest Towne told the victim to get off of his property or "I'm going to throw this hatchet at you". The victim stated that Towne was approximately five feet away from him and he was in fear for his life as believed that Towne was going to throw the hatchet at him. The victim also stated that he was afraid police were going to find him dead if we had to respond to the residence again.
According to the caller and witness to incident, who was walking his dog near the scene, he observed Towne chase the victim with a hatchet in his hand holding it up in a threatening manner. The witness stated that Towne was approximately five feet away from the victim and that the victim asked the witness to call 9-1-1 because he was afraid that he was going to get hit with the hatchet. The witness told Towne that he was going to take a picture of him holding the hatchet for the police and Towne responded by throwing the hatchet on the ground in the front swale his residence.
Towne, who appeared highly intoxicated, was read the warning of Miranda from a department issued card. Towne stated that he understood his rights, but did not wish to speak with Officers.
A silver-colored hatchet was found in the front swale of the residence at 1122 Patterson Road. The silver hatchet was photographed and later placed into evidence at the Cape Coral Police Department. Both the victim and the witness identified the hatchet as the same hatchet used in the incident.
Ricky Towne was placed under arrest for Aggravated Assault then transported to the Lee County Jail.
ARRESTED: Ricky Jay Towne, W/M, DOB: 02-12-1958, of 1122 Patterson Road, Cape Coral, FL.
CHARGES: Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon (Without Intent to Kill)