A 40 year old Key Largo man was arrested today charged with threatening to kill his girlfriend and child at their home on Thursday night.
A neighbor on La Paloma Road in Key Largo called the Sheriff’s Office just before midnight January 1st. She said a male neighbor was outside, across the street with a gun threatening to shoot himself. She told dispatchers a small child was also outside witnessing the incident. Dispatchers could hear over the phone a woman screaming and a child crying.
When deputies arrived, the suspect – Matthew Pybus – had left on a bicycle taking a gun with him. The victim and her 7 year old daughter were still present. His girlfriend said Pybus had been drinking all day at a local bar. She said she picked him up and, when he got home, he started a confrontation with her and with their child.
During the course of the confrontation, he pulled out a handgun and threatened to shoot them and shoot himself. The victim said he pointed the gun at them several times. She attempted to flee from the residence taking her phone to call for help. He grabbed the phone from her and would not allow her to call police. She then grabbed their child and got into their vehicle in an attempt to flee, but he followed continuing to threaten them with the gun. At one point, while in the house, he fired the gun once, shooting a hole in the ceiling.
A warrant was issued for Pybus’ and he was located today and placed under arrest. He was charged with two counts aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, improper exhibition of a firearm, shooting a missile in a dwelling and obstruction of justice and he was booked into jail.