Robert Slusser

Robert Slusser

A Crystal River man was arrested after pointing a firearm at individuals passing his residence, including a 5-year-old boy, according to a Citrus County Sheriff’s Office arrest affidavit.

Robert Slusser, 65, was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. Bond was set at $6,000.

On Sept. 23, deputies responded to North Quarter Horse Terrace in Crystal River on a complaint that a white haired male, later identified as Slusser, yelled at individuals about riding their golf cart on the street and pointed a gun at them.

According to the report, the victims told deputies that a male who appeared elderly screamed at them as they were driving down the road on their four wheelers on the way to a friend’s house.

The victims told deputies they went back home to get their golf cart in an attempt to be courteous, thinking Slusser wouldn’t mind.

As they approached Slusser’s home again, this time on the golf cart, he reportedly yelled at them and walked toward them with a black short barrel weapon with a shoulder strap.

The victims told deputies the firearm was pointed at them. One of the victims said she first realized it was a gun when she saw the red dot from the sight jumping across the golf cart. She said she became scared and worried for the safety of her 5-year-old son who was on the cart.

Another victim asked Slusser, “Are you really pointing a gun at us?” to which he reportedly replied “It ain’t a toothpick.”

When deputies arrived at Slusser’s home, he reportedly told them he was tired of all the four wheelers riding though the neighborhood. He added that he was the spokesperson for the neighborhood and was trying to take care of the problem.

According to the report, Slusser allowed deputies to look at his surveillance cameras on his phone. Deputies were able to see Slusser walking across his yard toward the golf cart with the firearm pointed at it.

Slusser reportedly stated the gun had a red dot laser sight and was loaded with a round in the chamber. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility for booking and processing.

Hannah Sachewicz is a reporter for the Chronicle. She can be reached at 352-564-2929 or hannah.sachewicz@chronicleonline.com.

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