On Saturday evening, James Brandon Lang, 47, of Marco Island, Florida was arrested and charged with several crimes after threatening to shoot members of his household when they refused to lend him money for narcotics.
The Marco Island Police Department received a call about a disturbance involving Lang on Saturday, in which the caller reported that Lang was inhaling aerosol cans and was upset because a relative had refused to lend him money to purchase more.
The following day, the caller warned authorities that Lang was threatening to shoot his family while sitting in his car in the driveway. When the police arrived and tried to apprehend Lang, he fled, nearly causing an accident by weaving through traffic at high speed. He was eventually arrested at his family's residence, where the police found an unloaded 9 mm pistol with a full magazine and several empty aerosol containers in his car.
During the arrest, Lang complained of chest pain and admitted to inhaling the narcotics and passing out frequently. Lang is a convicted felon and was on probation at the time of the incident.
He has been charged with fleeing and eluding, aggravated assault, and possessing a firearm by a convicted felon and is due in court on January 9 for his arraignment.
F.S.S. 316.1935 (2) – Fleeing and Eluding Law Enforcement Officer with emergency lights and
F.S.S. 784.021 (1)(B) – Aggravated Assault with intent to commit a felony (domestic related)
F.S.S. 720.93 (1)(A) – Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
F.S.S. 948.06 – Violation of State Probation
Lang has a history of criminal activity in Collier County and is currently on state probation. He was taken into custody and transported to Naples Jail Center.
The Marco Island Police Department urges all citizens to be aware of their surroundings, especially in situations involving domestic disputes such as this one. In addition, it is important that individuals who are struggling with addiction get help before it escalates into a dangerous situation like this one. If you or someone you know is in need of help, please contact local law enforcement or your nearest drug rehabilitation center immediately.