- November 6, 2018
By: Brittany Kershaw
Public Affairs Manager, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office
While on patrol the night of Friday, March 6, Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly assisted deputies on a call involving a man threatening to kill his girlfriend of nine years after she would not return his food stamp card to him.
Deputies made contact with the female and a co-worker who overheard the threats. The victim and witness both told deputies that the man, 40-year-old Travis Williams, was calling the victim continually and demanding that the victim return his food stamp card. When the victim refused, Williams began threatening to kill the victim when she returned home.
A short time later, Williams arrived at the victim’s place of employment and attempted to enter the building and stated “I’m going to smash your [expletive] neck.” It was then that the victim called 911.
While deputies were interviewing the victim, Staly was searching the business property in attempts to locate Williams. Staly located Williams behind the building inside his vehicle. Williams initially got out of his car but then quickly re-entered it, rolled the window up and drove about 100 feet in a half-circle before stopping. Williams refused to exit his car or speak to the sheriff but eventually complied.
Williams denied ever threatening the victim.
“I’m glad that we were able to get there before he could harm the victim or the witness," Staly said. “We have focused on domestic violence as an agency and made strides in reducing domestic violence in Flagler County by implementing numerous resources to aid victims. It is not a problem that will ever disappear completely. I hope that the victim is able to move forward and get out of this violent relationship.”
Based on the statements of the victim and the witness, Williams was taking into custody and charged with domestic assault. He was booked into the Flagler County Jail and released after posting a $2,500 bond.