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Date of Issue: September 10, 2008

Man threatens beachgoers

Stephen Troy Ryan, 55

Bradenton Beach police took a Palmetto man into custody Labor Day weekend for allegedly threatening to kill three people.

Stephen Troy Ryan, 55, of Palmetto, faces charges of aggravated assault in connection with an Aug. 30 incident in the 2000 block of Gulf Drive South.

A Bradenton Beach Police Department report stated that Ryan, an antique restorer, had approached three people on the beach to ask the whereabouts of his fishing pole.

The police report stated that the Ryan then “put his finger to his neck and swiped it across his neck. Then he pulled out a knife and said that he was going to kill them all. Victims said they were in fear for their lives and felt Ryan was a credible threat.”

The arresting police officers to the scene said Ryan “became abusive and tried to pull away numerous times.”

The Islander and contributed to this report.