A Connecticut man who flew to Florida with the intent of murdering his ex-girlfriend was apprehended at the last minute by cops while carrying a loaded pistol, police say.
A Connecticut man who flew to Florida with the intention of murdering his ex-girlfriend was apprehended by cops while pursuing her with a loaded pistol, police said.
Aaron Thayer, 39, sent the unnamed woman many abusive text messages and verbally abused her on several phone calls, according to a press release from the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.
Among the messages were: "I hope you die." “I'm coming down and I'm going to permanently fix this,” and "I'm going to kill you."
The woman contacted police on April 2 to inform them of the attacks. Thayer had also installed cameras in the house in Daytona North, about halfway between Jacksonville and Orlando, according to police.
The following day, Thayer arrived, used a tire iron to break into the building, stole $400 in cash, grabbed a loaded pistol, and chased the woman out, cops said. The woman dialed 911, and nearby police responded almost instantly.
Thayer's arrest was videotaped by a body camera.
Two officers instructed the woman to remain near their patrol cars as they pursued Thayer, who appeared to surrender. Thayer was Tasered by one officer after he refused to come to the ground. While handcuffing Thayer, one of the officers discovered a pistol concealed in his trousers and confiscated it. Additionally, he told the cops that he possessed a pocket knife.
Thayer repeatedly yelled, "I love you!" at the woman during the arrest.
He was later seen handcuffed next to a police vehicle, seemingly unconvinced that he could face prison time for his acts.
Thayer was charged with attempted murder, threatening to kill in writing, weapon possession by a convicted criminal, and resisting arrest.
“This guy told the victim he was going to kill her, and less than 24 hours later, he had driven all night and was at her door attempting to murder her,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said in a statement.
Additionally, the woman told police that Thayer beat and strangled her in December 2020, according to FlaglerLive. Thayer was convicted of felony assault in 2002 in Connecticut after a brawl.