A Florida man was arrested for his violent reaction to finding a teenage boy in his stepdaughter’s bedroom. 39-year-old Timothy Estes led his stepdaughter’s friend out of the house at gunpoint before slapping the girl and forcing her to do squats and push-ups.
Estes found the 16-year-old boy hiding in his 14-year-old stepdaughter’s closet, according to the arrest report. He had gotten home early from work and sensed that something was not right in the house, he told police.
The girl told her stepfather that she had invited the friend over to hang out. The boy told police that he was charging his cell phone.
Estes pointed a gun to the teen’s head and told him, “You're lucky I don't kill you, next time I see you I am going to kill you,” as he escorted him out of the house.
Ested claimed in the arrest report that he feared for his life.
Once the boy was gone, Estes returned to discipline his stepdaughter. He slapped the girl he told police, “because with a 14-year-old you only need to do a little to get the point across.”
Estes then handed the girl a pencil and forced her to do squats without dropping it. He then made her do push-ups, telling her he would beat her if they were not perfect.
Estes was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon as well as child abuse. He is being held without bail in Volusia County jail.
"I understand the emotions there," neighbor Rollin Goldsberry told WKMG. "He was carried away with his emotions when he did that. He wanted the kid out of there, but I think he could have done it other ways. I would think that if it were my son or daughter involved, guns wouldn't be necessary to resolve that issue."