Cops: Man threatens to kill parents in 'ISIS-style' attack in The Villages

Jayson Kearney, 49, arrested on several charges

Jayson Kearney.

THE VILLAGES, Fla. – A 49-year-old man was arrested Friday, accused of stabbing his mother and terrorizing his parents at their home in The Villages, threatening to kill them in an "ISIS-style" attack, authorities said.

Jayson Kearney, 49, was arrested on several charges, including aggravated battery and assault.

According to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, Kearney became agitated during a conversation with his 70-year-old mother and 75-year-old father.

Kearney, who was foaming at the mouth, threatened to kill his parents, saying he would give them "smiley faces," meaning he would slit their throats from ear to ear, deputies said.

At one point, Kearney placed a three-inch knife to his mother's throat and drew the blade across her neck, although the knife didn't cut her, deputies said.

"This is what will happen if you even try to call police," Kearney said to his mother, according to a sheriff's report.

"Terror doesn't begin to describe how I felt," the woman said, according to the report.

As the woman tried to calm Kearney down, he stabbed her three times in the arm, deputies said. She was not seriously injured, according to deputies.

Kearney's father said he got a shotgun but was too shaken to load it, according to the sheriff's report.

Kearney then gouged a TV and walls with the knife, causing hundreds of dollars in damage, deputies said. He also cut some plants outside the home, deputies said.

Deputies arrived at the home and arrested Kearney without incident. The knife was found in some bushes, deputies said.

Kearney was taken to jail, where he is being held without bond.


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