March 4, 2014

Big Pine man faces gun charges

A Big Pine man was arrested on a warrant for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for failing to register as a convicted felon.

Deputy Aaron Coller responded to a fight at Sea Horse Campground on Big Pine Key Friday night at 11 p.m. When he arrived, he found a group of neighbors gathered around two men fighting. He broke up the fight, and one of the men began to walk quickly away. 42 year old Ronald Jacobs was detained until Deputy Coller could determine what took place.

Witnesses said Jacobs had attacked his girlfriend. When several people intervened, the fight broke out. A witness to the fight said he d seen Jacobs with a long gun  either a rifle or shotgun. Another witness said Jacobs had a large knife.

A shotgun was, indeed, found inside the home where Jacobs is living with his girlfriend. A check of his background revealed he is a convicted felon who has not registered in Monroe County.

As Jacobs was in the process of being arrested Friday night, he began to have medical problems and paramedics were called to the scene. Jacobs was eventually transported to Lower Keys Hospital where he was admitted for treatment.

A warrant was obtained for the charges. After he was discharged from the hospital, he was arrested and was booked into jail for failing to register as a convicted felon and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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