[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 03/11/20]
LEESBURG, Florida — A man who was fighting with his girlfriend in a fenced-in backyard, is facing a domestic battery charge and threats to a public official after allegedly telling a deputy he was going to kill him.
LCSO deputies responded to 10722 Westmont Road in the Bassville Park area of Leesburg Tuesday afternoon after a witness called about a male and female fighting. The arresting deputy looked through a fence when he arrived at the home and saw Charles William Rager, 25, pushing Chelsea Lyman, 26, inside of a shed while Lyman yelled at him to stop. The arresting deputy entered the property and took Rager into custody.
The deputy walked Rager to the patrol car and Lyman followed, yelling, “I just want him to leave, I am not pressing charges,” Rager’s arrest affidavit states. The deputy explained several times to Lyman that he saw Rager pushing her and asked her is she was going to write a statement. Lyman continued to yell and was finally taken into custody after repeated attempts to pull away, the affidavit states.
The pair was taken to the Lake County Jail by different deputies. While Rager was being transported, he allegedly stated several times, “I am going to get you [expletive].” When the deputy asked what he meant, Rager replied, “I am going to kill you, you fat [expletive]. Rager, who is currently out on bond for possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, tampering with evidence and driving while license suspended, was charged Tuesday with domestic battery and threats to a public official. He is being held in the Lake County Jail on $11,000 bond. Lyman was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting an officer without violence. She was released from the Lake County Jail on $2,000 bond.
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