Last Friday, the Flagler County 9-1-1 center received a call from a woman reporting that she had received threatening text messages from her boyfriend, Aaron Thayer, 39.
Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) deputies arrived at the victim’s home where she showed multiple threatening text messages that had been sent to her by Thayer, her estranged long-time boyfriend.
The victim told deputies that Thayer was in Connecticut for work but that she believed he was on his way back to Florida to make good on his threats to end her life. She also said that Thayer had installed security cameras throughout the property to keep tabs on her while he was away. The victim showed deputies where there were ‘blind spots’ and asked to speak to deputies there because she believed Thayer was watching her as they investigated her call for help.
While deputies were speaking to the victim, she continued to get threatening text messages and phone calls from Thayer. Deputies asked the victim to answer the phone so they could determine where Thayer was calling from. While on the phone, deputies could hear Thayer ask the victim who was at the house with her and then told her he was on his way to kill her.
The phone call then ended and the victim disconnected the security cameras.
FCSO detectives were able to obtain a warrant for the arrest of Thayer due to the threats
. The FCSO Special Investigation Unit (SIU), Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) and other detectives began working to locate Thayer. Detectives also contacted the U.S. Marshal’s Office to ask for assistance in locating Thayer as a fugitive after he attempted to thwart FCSO’s investigative measurers to locate him.
The victim declined FCSO’s offer of going to a safe location and on April 3, deputies conducted multiple security checks on the victim’s home. Just after 3 PM, the victim called 9-1-1 and told dispatchers that Thayer was at the house, armed with a tire iron, and was attempting to break into the house. Thayer made forced entry through the back door of the occupied residence.
He then entered her bedroom, took $400.00 and grabbed a firearm that was on the victim’s nightstand, cocked it, and began chasing after the victim threatening to kill her.
FCSO deputies were nearby on another call and immediately responded. As deputies were arriving on the scene, the victim fled the residence with Thayer chasing her. Deputies protected the victim by having her hide behind their patrol car and confronted Thayer and attempted to take him into custody.
Thayer was not compliant and was tased. Once secured, he was searched and a loaded handgun was found in the waistband of his jeans along with a folding knife.
“So where do I go from here, man?” Thayer asked the deputies.
“To jail,” a deputy replies.
“For, for-for real? To jail? For what?”
“Threats to kill.”
“Pfffft! Wow! Unreal.”
“No, it’s very real,” the deputy says.
“The Easter bunny came early for the victim called Deputy’s Jen Prevatt and Ed Faircloth,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “This guy told the victim he was going to kill her and less than 24-hours later he had driven all night and was at her door to kill her. I am so thankful that my deputies were able to intercept this guy and used their training, tactics and de-escalation techniques before he was able to hurt anyone. They handled a very volatile and dangerous situation by running toward danger to protect the victim. This situation that could have had an entirely different outcome with either the victim, suspect or deputies injured or killed if not for the heroic efforts of our deputies.”
Aaron Thayer was arrested and transported to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility. He is charged with: Written Threats to Kill, Attempted Premeditated Murder with a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm/Ammunition by a Convicted Felon, Petit Theft and Resisting Arrest without Violence.
He is being held at the Sheriff Perry Hall Detention Facility on no bond.