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Date of Issue: February 15, 2007

Man threatens 2 Islanders, arrest made

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The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Task Force arrested William Russell, 27, of Bradenton, Friday, Feb. 9, according to a report from the MCSO.

The report said Russell and Nicole Chlebina and Adam Rutkowsky got into a verbal argument at about 1 p.m. outside their residence in the 300 block of North Shore Drive in Anna Maria.

According to MCSO Sgt. John Kenney, who oversees the Anna Maria substation, the victims knew the suspect and were arranging to buy from him a laptop computer. The argument, he said, was apparently over whether the laptop was stolen.

At some point, according to the report, the argument escalated and Russell retrieved a handgun from the trunk of his white Hyundai and pointed it at the victims, threatening to shoot them. The victims fled back into their apartment. Their landlord, Victoria Paul, also saw Russell with the gun before he fled the scene.

The victims waited almost five hours to report the crime, but Kenney said Deputy Sal Magro followed through, contacted VCTF and executed the arrest.

Russell was located at his residence at 513 22nd St. W., Bradenton, and arrested him.

During a search subsequent to the arrest, VCTF members located powder cocaine residue, 21 Oxycodone 80-mg tablets and two Oxycodone 30-mg tablets and 1.4 grams of marijuana. The handgun, a loaded 9-mm Kel Tec, was located in another of Russell’s vehicles at the residence, a Suburban, where deputies found six insulin syringes and a spoon coated with a substance that tested positive for cocaine under a cup holder in the center console.

Russell was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance.

Mike Quinn, publisher of NewsManatee.com, contributed to this report.