A Navarre man threatened women at gunpoint and said he was “only leaving in a body bag” June 5 at Cayo Grande Apartments.
According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Payne got into an argument with his girlfriend earlier that day after she asked him to move out of her apartment in Cayo Grande.
During the argument the girlfriend became afraid for her safety and retrieved her gun from her bedroom. Payne seized the weapon from the victim and struck her across the face with it, threatening the lives of the woman and her adult daughter who was also present.
Payne then allegedly stepped out on the balcony of the apartment and fired a round south across U.S. Highway 98. The girlfriend fled the apartment down the stairs, but Payne followed her, grabbing her by the throat. He threatened to kill her if she did not return to the apartment according to the report.
She returned to the apartment at gunpoint.
While the pair were in the parking lot, the daughter called a family member to contact law enforcement.
Payne threatened their lives and said he would kill any police officers that came to the scene according to witness statements. He said he will only leave the apartment in a body bag.
When Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies arrived, Payne allegedly went into the master bedroom of the apartment and stated he would kill any law enforcement that tried to talk to him.
He closed the bedroom door, allowing the women to flee the apartment.
Officers commanded Payne to come out of the apartment multiple times, but he refused. With the victim’s consent, deputies entered the unlocked apartment and found Payne lying on the floor of the master bedroom bathroom. He was taken into custody.
The gun was found on the bed under a pillow with one spent cartridge and four live rounds inside.
In a post Miranda interview, Payne stated he had been drinking “Hennessy” all day and did not recall what happened.
Deputies discovered that Payne had an active felony warrant from Wisconsin for extradition for failure to appear- operating while intoxicated fourth offense.
He is charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, felony aggravated battery, felony kidnapping, felony kidnapping false imprisonment, a felony weapons offense, misdemeanor firing a weapon on residential property and felony larceny grand theft of a firearm.
He remained in Santa Rosa County Jail on $161,000 bond as of June 12. There is a hold placed on Payne for Walworth County in Wisconsin.