BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Cynthia Lou Malott, 52, was arrested yesterday and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.
At about 6:55 p.m., an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call regarding an armed disturbance in the 23000 block of NE 69th Avenue in Melrose. The victims, two men, were fishing in their boat on the bank of Santa Fe Lake when a woman, later identified as Malott, began to yell at them that they could not fish there.
Malott allegedly said, “I’m going to go get my gun,” walked inside, then came back to the doorway with a gun that the victims described as a rifle. She reportedly said, “I’m going to shoot you” and waved the gun up and down repeatedly. The victims said she then went back inside and appeared at a window, then raised the gun and pointed it at them, saying, “I’m going to fire.”
The victims said they believed she would shoot them and ducked behind the center console of their boat. They were able to describe the gun.
Post Miranda, Malott denied pointing any firearm at the victims. She consented to a search of her house that found a “BB air rifle” matching the description provided by the victims.
Malott is being held on $10,000 bail.
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