HOA officer arrested after armed confrontation with woman

Orlando police say HOA officer allegedly pulled gun on his neighbors

By Lisa Bell - Anchor

ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando police arrested an HOA officer after he allegedly pulled a gun on his neighbors in the "Hamptons at Metrowest" neighborhood.

According to an arrest affidavit, Howard Fox, 47, approached a woman who was standing on a pier just before midnight on July Fourth, watching fireworks over Turkey Lake.

The woman, Swapna Mandavia, said he raised what looked like a machine gun, pointed it at her and accused of her doing something illegal by being there after hours.

Mandavia told police as she tried to leave, she met a man who said Fox also pulled a gun in front his two kids.

Local 6 spoke with several neighbors who were shocked to hear about the incident in their normally quiet neighborhood.

"It's really shocking actually. It makes me wonder who you can really trust when it comes to security," said Lynn Watke, who said she's lived in the Hamptons for about a year and a half.

Watke said in the past couple of weeks she has noticed Fox in their neighborhood.

"About two weeks ago, I started watching him on a regular basis because I'm out with my dog, my daughter walks our dog and he just looked creepy to me," said Watke.

According to police, when they arrived at Fox's house, he told them that he's the chairman of the Fine and Hearing Violations Committee, which is part of the community's HOA. Police said Fox also admitted that he walks around the complex with two guns to hunt small animals.

Fox is charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and open carrying of weapons. He has bonded out of jail.

Police said they removed at least four weapons from his apartment as well as a stack of papers he had that detailed Florida statutes.

According to the police report, the community manager admits that Fox was in charge of the violations committee, but he was only supposed to report violations and was never given permission to use a weapon or approach anyone.

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