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Wesley Chapel man threatens family with swords, Pasco deputies say

WESLEY CHAPEL — The woman told authorities that her husband woke her in the middle of the night Thursday and said she needed to leave, because if she didn't, he was going to kill everyone in the house.

Lisa Guess scrambled. She woke her son, his wife and their child. She tried to get her animals outside of their house on Angus Valley Drive. It had been only a few minutes, but it was too long for her husband.

He grabbed a sword, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. Actually, the report said, he grabbed two: one for each hand.

Michael Guess, 45, hasn't been well for awhile. He had both hips replaced last year and is on various pain medications, according to the report. His wife told deputies that Michael is bipolar and hadn't been taking his medication recently, and he had been drinking lately. He got into a fight with his brother, which put him in a bad mood.

The last straw, it seemed, happened on the night he ordered his family to evacuate. He went outside and tripped on a tie-out line for their dog.

Lisa, 44, sat on a chair to put on her shoes when Michael rushed toward her with the swords and stabbed the cushion on both sides of her, the report said. She ran out of the house and called 911. As she did, the report said, a chair exploded through a window. Her son, Logan, 24, went back inside to reason with his dad.

Logan told deputies that when he got inside, his father grabbed him and slammed him against an armoire and held a knife to his throat.

"I am the devil," his dad said, according to the report. "I will kill 100 people. It will be on the news.

"Now leave, or I will kill you, too."

Logan ran outside.

Deputies arrived quickly. It was about 12:40 a.m. They saw Michael on the porch. When asked what was going on, Michael said he was fed up with the "leeches" that lived in his house, so he was destroying it. He said no one else in the house has a job, and he was tired of supporting everyone. Michael told the deputy that he was not going to step off the porch and that he was wearing soft body armor, so if he was hit with a Taser, he wouldn't feel it.

Deputies asked Lisa if her husband owned any guns. She didn't know. They have separate rooms, and she doesn't go into his.

More officers arrived and set up a perimeter around the house. Michael retreated inside and turned off all the lights.

After talking with law enforcement on the phone for two hours, Michael eventually came outside without incident. He wasn't wearing body armor. There were no guns found in the house. The interior of the house was "completely disheveled" and littered with swords and knives, the report said.

He was arrested on charges of domestic battery and aggravated assault. He remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Friday in lieu of $500 bail.

Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@sptimes.com or (813) 909-4609.

Wesley Chapel man threatens family with swords, Pasco deputies say 01/09/09 [Last modified: Sunday, January 11, 2009 7:22pm]
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