Palm Harbor man arrested for shooting BB gun at resident

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Detectives from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office arrested a Palm Harbor man for shooting a BB gun at an occupied vehicle and at a resident in Palm Harbor.

That man was identified as 29-year-old Nathan Thomas of Palm Harbor

Detectives say their investigation began on November 11, 2019, when 19-year-old Aaron McCullough reported his vehicle was struck by a BB while driving southbound on U.S. 19.

McCullough was able obtain a description of the vehicle driven by the suspect he thought shot the BB gun. McCullough called Pinellas deputies as the vehicle fled from the area.

Through various investigative techniques, detectives identified 29-year-old Nathan Thomas of Palm Harbor as the driver of the vehicle.

Detectives interviewed Thomas, who admitted being the driver of the vehicle identified by McCullough, but denied he shot a BB gun at a vehicle that day.

Detectives also questioned Thomas about an incident that occurred on November 25, 2019, where 21-year-old Benjamin Stewart was shot at by a BB gun on Florida Avenue in Palm Harbor. Thomas did admit to shooting a BB gun from a vehicle during that incident.

During the investigation, Thomas was also observed driving recklessly by speeding, failing to stop for stop signs, and squealing his tires.

Thomas was charged with one count of Shooting A Deadly Missile Into An Occupied Vehicle, one count Aggravated Assault and one count of Reckless Driving.

Thomas was transported to the Pinellas County Jail without incident and provided a bond of $15,250 for all the charges.

According to Pinellas county records this is the 12th arrest for Thomas.

The investigation continues.

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