MARCO ISLAND — A dispute over a rent refund ended with a Marco Island man in jail, after police said he threatened to kill his landlord with a pipe and then a rifle.
Michel Carillo, 32, of the 200 block of Sandhill Street, Marco Island, was arrested by Marco Island police Sunday at home. He was charged with aggravated assault.
According to Marco Island police reports, on Friday the victim met with police at his home and explained that the rental property he owned in the 200 block of Sandhill Street was going into foreclosure.
The victim told officers that the home was currently being rented by Carillo and his family, and reports said he had notified Carillo’s wife Ariamna Fernandez on Thursday that the family would have to vacate the property because the bank is slated to take ownership of the house in two weeks.
Later that day Fernandez showed up to the victim’s office and demanded a refund, reports said, because Carillo had already paid $750 in rent for the whole month.
The landlord was unable to give her a refund at the time and promised to go to the rental when he got off work, reports said. He dropped off a check for $400 that evening and told officers that he thought it was a fair amount because the family had lived in the property for most of the month.
However, Fernandez returned to the victim’s office on Friday and demanded the full month’s rent amount.
The victim told Marco police that he again agreed to go to the rental property after work to smooth things out with his tenants, reports said.
But when the landlord met with both Carillo and Fernandez, reports said he told police that the couple was unwilling to listen to his reasoning for the smaller refund.
“Carillo became irate and grabbed a four foot metal pipe and cocked it back, threatening ‘I’m going to smack you… I’m going to kill you if you don’t give me my money!’” reports said.
Reports said at that point the landlord tried to leave the property, but that Fernandez calmed Carillo down and asked him to wait inside while she spoke with the victim.
Fernandez and the victim resumed the discussion, reports said, but soon after she began to raise her voice and Carillo came out of the house carrying what appeared to be a hunting riffle.
“Michael raised the barrel of the riffle, pointing the muzzle directly at the victim and stated ‘I’m going to kill you if you don’t give me my money back,’” reports said.
The victim told Marco Island police officers that he feared for his life and fled the area, but that before he left he heard Fernandez say that he should expect her at his office Monday to get the money.
Marco Police responded to the Sandhill Street home Friday night, but didn’t find anyone home.
On Sunday, officers returned to the house and found Carillo in the front yard.
After a brief interview with Carillo, reports said officers spoke with Fernandez who acknowledged there was a dispute with the victim over money and that the victim did not know that the “hunting riffle” was in fact a pellet gun- which contradicted Carillo’s statement to the officers.
Carillo was taken into custody and transported to the Collier County Jail.
Due to the charge bond was automatically set at $2,500, but as of Monday Carillo was no longer in jail.