Marco reopens look at officer's alleged threat
The Marco Island Police Department has reopened an internal affairs case into an incident that prompted a Sheriff's Office investigation of an alleged aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a Marco officer.
A Collier County Sheriff's Office report states Sgt. James Inlow threatened a woman, with whom he allegedly had a sexual relationship for more than two years, after a confrontation with her and his wife outside the Marco Island Starbucks the evening of Aug. 23.
Inlow, 45, was not arrested, and the case was closed after the woman, 20, decided not to cooperate with sheriff's investigators.
The Marco Island Police Department also closed an initial internal investigation into the incident, Capt. Dave Baer said.
The Naples Daily News requested a copy of the file Jan. 18, but Baer said the department reactivated the case Monday. Findings of internal affairs investigations are confidential until they are closed.
Neither Inlow nor the woman could be reached to comment Thursday. The Daily News is not naming the woman because of the nature of the alleged incident.
According to the Sheriff's Office incident report, the woman's father found out about Inlow's relationship with his daughter and emailed Inlow's wife.
Inlow's wife was "completely blindsided" by the news and arranged to meet the woman to ask her questions about the alleged affair, the report states.
The two women decided to confront Inlow together, and Inlow's wife told him to meet her outside Starbucks.
Inlow got upset when he saw his wife with the alleged lover and began yelling profanities at the younger woman, the report states.
The woman told a sheriff's deputy that Inlow, who was on duty at the time, had his hand on his weapon during the confrontation, causing the woman to fear for her life. However, Inlow's wife disputed that he ever reached for his gun.
Both women told investigators that Inlow made references to hurting his alleged lover. According to the woman, he said, “If you try to contact my family again, I will kill you,” the report states.
“This is how lives get ruined; I could have shot you back there,” Inlow said, according to the statement his wife gave to investigators.
Inlow's wife told investigators that he also said, "I'm going home, I'm quitting my job, I'm done," before driving away.
The two women then drove to Naples, where the younger woman's parents met her and escorted her home.