Deputies: Dental students hide in former bank vault over gun

Estranged husband confronts wife at her dental school, officials say

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DeLAND, Fla. - Students at a Volusia County dental school hid in a vault of an old bank building after their instructor's estranged husband said he had a gun during an argument over a vehicle.

Robert Hester, 44, has been charged with aggravated stalking in the Wednesday night incident. Deputies said Hester's wife was teaching at the Hester School of Dental Assistance, which is housed in an old bank building on Williamsburg Road, when he unlocked the business front door and confronted his wife over a Hummer.

According to the arrest report, Hester sat in the back of the classroom and refused to leave, continuing to argue with his wife in front of the students. Students told deputies when their instructor asked if he had a gun, they became frightened and hid in an old vault.

Deputies found a .38-special Smith & Wesson revolver loaded with five bullets in Hester's truck. Records show he has a concealed weapons permit.

Hester's wife told deputies they had been fighting recently and that Hester had attacked her last weekend. She said she is in fear of her life because of Hester's "irrational behavior."

Hester has been booked into the Volusia County Jail on no bond.

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