Sheriff: Bradenton father charged with threatening man who approached his daughter

August 27, 2013 

MANATEE -- A 32-year-old Manatee County man upset his 11-year-old daughter had been approached by a stranger was arrested and charged with threatening the man with a gun, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Timothy Sims' daughter was riding her bicycle outside her residence in the 600 block of 33rd Avenue Drive East as a 48-year-old man was walking his dog across the street. The man reportedly said "come here, come here" to her twice, according to a news release.

Sims' daughter immediately went into the house and told her dad while the man walked away. Sims, allegedly armed with a handgun in his pocket, located the dog-walking man at his home a couple of blocks away where he threatened to kill him.

Sims left but not before allegedly pointing the firearm at a dog in the roadway, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies located Sims at his home where he denied the accusations. During a consensual search, deputies reported finding two firearms, several fully loaded handgun magazines and several rounds of ammunition, deputies said.

Sims was arrested. Deputies reported the other man's actions were suspicious but did not violate Florida law, according to the sheriff's office.

Sims is charged with aggravated assault, carrying a concealed weapon and armed trespassing. He is being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.

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