[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 11/08/19]
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ASTATULA, Florida – A woman who was “trying to be good but relapsed” by smoking methamphetamine and marijuana caught two charges of carrying a concealed weapon and an armed trespass charge after she used a ruse to scope out her neighbor’s house while carrying a concealed pellet gun and a hatchet.
According to an arrest affidavit, Stephanie Carol Levan, 26, of Astatula, approached a man who was grilling at a home in Astatula, just a half-mile from Levan’s listed address. Levan told the man her boyfriend had been hit by a car and her phone was dead. The man let Levan use his wife’s phone and told Astatula Police officers her boyfriend sounded fine. He also told them Levan appeared to be “on something.”
Levan asked the victim for some water and he gave it to her and then she appeared to be looking in his garage, the affidavit states. The victim then told her to leave and told her he had security cameras up and he “knew what she was trying to do.” Levan “bolted” towards the victim and tried to go around him and enter the garage. He stopped her and directed her towards the front yard; Levan then claimed she was scared of his dog, which was in the backyard. At this point the victim’s daughter was already on the phone with 911, according to the affidavit.
Astatula Police officers arrived to find Levan in the driveway trying to get on a bicycle. She was taken into custody and upon searching her, police found a realistic Umbrex pellet gun in her waistband in addition to another pellet gun and small hatchet in her backpack. Officers called Lake County Fire Rescue to check Levan out since she appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic, according to the affidavit. Her vitals came back normal.
On the ride to the Lake County Jail, Levan told an officer she has been, “trying to be good but relapsed.” She admitted she smoked marijuana and “meth” earlier in the day, the affidavit states.
Levan was cleared by a Lake County Jail nurse and booked in the jail. She is being held on $4,000 bond.
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