Published: Apr 25, 2013 11:28 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 25, 2013 11:38 AM EDT

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- Lee County Sheriff's deputies arrested 23-year-old Jeremiah Mayo Wednesday afternoon, after he allegedly pointed a gun a local news reporter and photographer.

One of the victims told deputies they were waiting at Mayo's residence, on the 1000 block of Fayette Ave., to interview him regarding the recent theft of his family pets. According to the victims, they were sitting in their work vehicle, with a license plate on the dash board that read "PRESS," after attempting to contact Mayo several times. They said that Mayo arrived on the scene at 2:00 p.m. in a blue vehicle. The victims allege that he got out of the car, pulled a gun out of his waistband and aimed it at them. Though they were attempting to back out of the residence, Mayo continued toward them. They told deputies that they screamed, "We are with the news!" To which Mayo allegedly replied, "I don't care! Get the [expletive] out of here! No one's talking! Leave!"

Deputies questioned relatives who were present at the time of the incident. They said Mayo did have a gun, but never pointed it at the victims. Once the officers located Mayo, he admitted to having a gun, and to swearing at the reporter and photographer, but said he never pointed the weapon at them.

Mayo then told detectives that they could find the .40 caliber, semi-automatic pistol on his bed, and he was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.