Frank Gilliam is the landscaper for the apartment building in the Gulfport area near St. Petersburg, Florida, where Chianti Ciante Gipson, 26, resides. One recent morning, as Gilliam told police, Gipson asked him to cut some bushes in front of her apartment.
The two argued about this request for about ten minutes. When he told her that he is not paid to do that kind of work, she became irate, according to the police report.
Gipson then allegedly went into her apartment, retrieved a black revolver and pointed it at Gilliam. As the arrest affidavit filed in Pinellas County Circuit Court stated, this created “a well-founded fear” “not having the intent to kill” in Gilliam. The woman then drove away in a rental car.
Thanks to tips from neighbors and video surveillance systems at nearby homes that recorded the incident, Gulfport police had enough evidence to obtain a probable cause arrest warrant for aggravated assault for Gipson. They then staked out her apartment house and when she returned, arrested her.
Inside the rental car, police found marijuana, two small silver scales and numerous small, clear plastic bags. The car — 10 days overdue — was then returned to the rental company.
Gipson is charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and two third-degree felonies for aggravated assault and possession of a weapon within 1,000 feet of a school. (Boca Ciega High School is located across the street from her apartment building.)
“This case is noteworthy because key evidence was provided [by] a crime watch group,” said Gulfport Police Chief Rob Vincent in a Facebook post. “Without this information, we would not have been able to make a case.”
And the bushes? No word on whether they remain untrimmed or not.