Cops: Tattoo Shop Owner Tried To Run Over Competitor

August 8th, 2011 by Staff

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – A confrontation between two business owners almost turned deadly when one allegedly tried to run over the other with his pickup truck, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said the man in the truck was David Keezer.

Keezer was arrested because investigators said he also threatened to shoot the victim, Adrian Howell, and it was all caught on video.

Keezer and Howell own competing tattoo shops on Nova Road in Daytona Beach. The shops are only one block apart. Howell recorded the attack on his cellphone, and investigators said they saw the same thing on nearby surveillance cameras. Howell was able to jump out of the way of the truck, but said he is worried about other threats.

Howell told WFTV that Keezer threatened him by saying, “Basically, relocate or I’ll burn it down. If you don’t move, then I’ll kill you.”

Howell said that during the tirade, Keezer pulled out a shotgun.

“When he held it in the air, he kind of cocked it with one hand and pointed it at me,” said Howell.

Then, just days later, somebody threw a brick through the front window of Howell’s shop.

WFTV tried to talk to Keezer, but he claimed to have no idea about the incident. No one at his shop wanted to talk about it either.

Keezer was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said he has a nine-page-long criminal history.


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