PUNTA GORDA, FL. - A father and son have been arrested for harassing their 64-year-old neighbor for months.
Arrested for Stalking were 49-year-old Douglas Cole Everly and 23-year-old Ryan Cole Everly.
The neighbor contacted the Charlotte county Sheriff’s Office about the Everly’s yelling profanity, making obscene hand gestures, honking their horn and generally harassing him whenever they see him regardless of who is around.
The victim kept a log of the incidents. There were also 3 witnesses who were at his home on different occasions and saw the actions of the Everly’s.
The victim said on Oct. 17, Douglas Everly pulled up to his house in a white pickup, got out, and placed a piece of hose with nails in it in his driveway. The victim showed video he took of the incident. The deputy spoke to Douglas Everly and he denied he did it. He was given a warning that if he continued to harass his neighbor, charges would be brought against him.
On Feb. 27, deputies contacted Douglas Everly by phone and asked to meet with him and his son. He told the deputy, “I give that man the finger every time I pass his house and I’m going to keep giving him the finger. I cuss at him and call him “faggot” every time I see him. If I ever come across him in Wal-Mart, there is going to be a problem, because I hate that guy.” He told the deputy he would have to catch him and his son when they are home on the weekend as he would not come to the sheriff’s office.
On Saturday, a deputy met with Douglas Everly at his home. At first he denied the Wal-Mart threat against the victim, and then changed his story saying if he saw the man in Wal-Mart, “The Sheriff’s Office might have to come and arrest him.”
The deputy reported that the pattern of harassment committed by the father and son has no legitimate purpose other than to cause the victim emotional distress. Both have willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly, followed and harassed the victim for the past four to five months. Douglas Everly was arrested Saturday and taken to the Charlotte County Jail. His son, Ryan Everly, turned himself in at the jail on Sunday. Both were released after they posted a $1,000 bond each.