PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - At approximately 8:30am, the Punta Gorda Police Department received a call about two suspicious white males in the area of Whippoorwill Blvd and Pine Siskin Drive in Punta Gorda Isles. The males were overheard using profanity and discussing a gun being pointed at someone. The caller also heard mention of drugs.
Upon responding to the location, officers contacted the two males who stated they met a male and female at a local bar/nightclub the night before and went back to a home in the vicinity, later identified as 1260 Pine Siskin Drive. The four of them drank alcohol for several hours and sometime around 8:00 a.m., the male resident of the home became enraged and pointed a shotgun at one of the two visitors.
The resident was allegedly disarmed by one of the visitors, went into another room, and returned this time armed with a pistol which he then pointed at the visitors. The two males then exited the home.
The males further reported that the male resident of the home had showed them an AR?]15 rifle (the civilian version of the US military M?]16) the night before.
Due to the reported existence of weapons and the possibility of danger to persons inside the home and also the surrounding neighborhood, the police department established a secure perimeter. Efforts were made via telephone and loudspeaker to persuade the occupants of the home, Mr. Thomas Kinsella, age 50, and Ms. Cheri K. Holkberg, age 31, to exit the home. Police personnel on?]scene were finally able extract Kinsella and the female from the home peacefully.
Mr. Kinsella and the other individuals associated with this incident were subsequently transported to the police department for interviews and further investigation. At the time of this release, no parties to this incident have been charged with a crime. Detectives will be coordinating with the State Attorney's Office.