Arrest: Feud over favorite fishing place

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By Martin Steele

An apparent dispute over a favorite fishing spot resulted in the arrest last week of a Wildwood man.

Cheyenne T. Mullins, 55, was arrested shortly after the late morning incident on May 2 at the Lake Deaton County Park on County Road 155, according to a Sumter County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) arrest report. It listed a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.


Mullins was booked into the Sumter County Detention Center with bond set at $2,000 for the third-degree felony.


Law enforcement was dispatched to the park after a call reportedly from another fisherman to the 911 emergency call center. The fisherman / alleged victim told a SCSO deputy that he was at the boat ramp fishing when he was approached from behind by Mullins, according to the report. The fisherman said Mullins started screaming, “I’m done with you, I’m going to kill you, I’m cutting your ******* head off right now.”


The defendant stated that Mullins began to approach him with a silver-colored folding knife that was opened with the blade exposed and trapped him in the corner of the dock, according to the report. The fisherman said he was in fear for his life, the defendant would not let him leave and continued to scream at him and threaten him with the knife.


Once Mullins saw that the fisherman was on the 911 call, he backed his scooter up providing the victim with enough room to escape, the fisherman reported. He described the knife as being a small folding knife with a silver blade and handle.


Without being questioned, Mullins told the deputy that he was angry because he has been fishing in the same spot for years and the victim took his fishing spot, the report stated. While speaking with Mullins, the deputy saw a silver knife matching the description the victim provided attached to Mullins’ waist.


The Sumter County Communications Center 911 operator reported that she could hear another man’s voice on the victim’s 911 call saying “I’m going to ******* kill you.” The deputy reported that only the victim and Mullins were at the location when he arrived.