Tavares police thwart man’s plans to kill his father and beat him with a stick Wednesday

TAVARES, Fla.—A 27-year-old man is behind bars, accused of violating a New York injunction that prohibits him from possessing a firearm, after Tavares Police Department found him with a loaded 9mm he planned to use to “put all of the bullets into his father,” according to an arrest affidavit.

Tavares Police Department responded to a home on a request that Tyekwon A. Neal be evaluated because he was “acting crazy,” as he left the home on foot shortly before 1:30 pm. Wednesday. Neal’s father told officers Neal said he was going to make him pay for his mistakes and he did not care about anything, including himself, the affidavit states.

Officers began searching the area for Neal and found him at Disston Avenue and Esther Street, about a block away from the home. Neal appeared “agitated,” and was moving away from an officer when another officer pulled up and repeatedly asked Neal what was wrong and asked him to speak with her, the affidavit states.

He finally agreed to speak with officers in a “triangle formation” but continued to move away from them as they spoke; due to the statements Neal made, he was detained. As officers cuffed Neal, he told them he had his father’s loaded 9mm in the front pocket of his hoodie and gave them details on how he planned to kill his father, telling officers he was going to use the gun to “put all of the bullets in his father.” Officers found another loaded magazine in the front right pocket of his pants and a 4-foot-long stick in Neal’s left pant leg, he told police he also planned to use on his father. Neal, who said he was on medication for two mental health disorders but had only taken a partial dose Wednesday, was placed in the back of a patrol vehicle while the arresting officer ran a criminal history check.

She found Neal had been served an injunction in New York in 2020 that prohibited him from possessing a weapon, including a firearm. She confirmed he had to abide by the conditions of the injunction in Florida and he was arrested for violating an injunction. She also found multiple arrests in Buffalo, N.Y. It was unclear if Neal was convicted of any of his felony arrests, so he was not arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was not charged with any offenses related to the threats made to his father because his father was unsure if he had the firearm when he made the threats, TPD told Inside Lake.

Neal was transported to the Lake County Jail, where he pointed his finger in the shape of a gun at jail staff and threatened to shoot them while the officer completed her paperwork. He is being held on no bond.

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