Two Women Threaten To Shoot Boys, 13 and 15, Over Knock at the Door at Integra Woods
FlaglerLive | September 18, 2015
Candance Ashley McCall, 28, and Letita Crimes, 33, both of Shady Oaks Drive in Palm Coast, are in jail on several aggravated battery and illegal weapons charges after allegedly threatening to shoot three boys–two of them 13 years old, one of them 15–after a 13-year-old knocked at the women’s door by mistake Thursday evening.
Crimes and McCall, one carrying a .9mm the other a .25 caliber Baretta–neither woman had a concealed weapon permit–approached the three boys, two of whom had been fishing at a pond, and allegedly threatened, “You all ready to die? Why you knock on my door?” The women, their arrest report states, “also racked the slide on the firearms.” One of the boys said Crimes took a bullet out of the magazine to show it to the boys before placing the bullet back into the magazine, and the magazine back into the gun, though when cops arrested the women, the guns were not loaded. When the women left and the boys went up to their apartments, the women pursued them again, knocking on their door.
Crimes and McCall told Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies they had been on edge because they claimed to have been the victims of a scam on Craigslist, the online classified advertising service. The suspect in the case “was living out of state, but had their address,” they told deputies, according to their arrest report. The women bought the guns as a result, they said. They were in their apartment (Number 205 in Building 555) when they heard a knock at the door–what they described as “pounding.” They armed themselves, thinking it could be related to the Craigslist incident. Then they saw a boy running away.
McCall said the boy looked 10 or 11.
But the women decided to confront the boy then tell his parents what happened. It’s not clear why they had felt threatened by a 10 or 11-year-old’s knock at the door (the boy is 13), or why they felt compelled to tell the child’s parents that he’d knocked at their door.
Both women admitted to confronting three boys at the edge of a pond and that as they did so, they held their guns and showed them to the boys to scare them. McCall told deputies the boys “were not supposed to know the gun was unloaded,” according to the arrest reports. Crimes said she told the boys it was no joke, and not to knock on her door again. She admitted to taking out the magazine, but only to check that the gun was unloaded, she claimed to cops. The women knew the boys were not involved in the incident on Craigslist, they told deputies.
The boy whoi’d knocked at the women’s door initially had been looking for a friend. “Stay away, I have a gun,” witnesses said they heard the women say.
The women told police they’d been afraid, which is why they had the guns. “However, their actions did not corroborate this statement,” the arrest report concludes. “McCall and Crimes left the safety of their home with firearms to confront the boy with, as they claim, unloaded guns. Neither of them called the police. After the first time confronting the boy they went to [one of the boys’] apartment and knocked on the door to make contact with someone. They also went to confront the boys twice. Neither McCall or Crimes stated they saw the boys with any weapons.”
Each woman was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and a count of illegally carrying a concealed weapon. They remained at the Flagler County jail Friday afternoon on $8,000 bond each.