Neighbors said they were still in a state of shock Monday over police reports that a Marco Island man barricaded himself in his home and was arrested Sunday after an armed standoff.
Pam Bodinus, who lives directly across the street from Peter Tremont, 61, was at home with her husband, Roland, when police told them to stay inside before shepherding all nearby residents to a home down the street.
There, Bodinus said neighbors shared experiences about Tremont, whom many routinely waved to and said they knew to be a nice person. They could not recognize the scruffy-faced person with bags under his eyes who was charged with aggravated assault of a person over the age of 65.
“He always seemed so nice, and when I saw his picture this morning in the paper, it wasn’t him,” Bodinus said. “He was always clean-shaven, very nice guy. He just lost it somehow.”
The Marco Island Police Department responded to Tremont’s home in the 1600 block of North Copeland Drive around 4 p.m. Sunday after a report of an armed, barricaded subject.
Tremont, who lives with his 86-year-old mother, Mary, had gotten into an argument with her earlier in the day and threatened her while in possession of a gun, according to the police report.
Once Tremont’s mother was able to leave, Tremont barricaded himself inside and told the responding police officers that “they were going to leave this world with him.”
Police then evacuated all nearby homes and set up a perimeter.
After attempts to de-escalate the situation failed, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office took over the scene at approximately 6:15 p.m.
Tremont surrendered peacefully and was taken into custody by the Collier County SWAT team around 8:30 p.m. Tremont told authorities he did not speak to police and would not without his attorney.
Naples Police Department SWAT team personnel, Marco Island Fire-Rescue and Collier County EMS also assisted in Sunday’s incident.
Police recovered 17 pistols and rifles in the home, as well as night vision equipment. Tremont has a Florida concealed weapon license.
While Tremont faces an aggravated assault charge, which is a second-degree felony, additional charges may be added.
Bail was not set, and Tremont remains in custody at the Naples Jail Center.
A risk protection order was filed Monday in Collier County Circuit Court. Risk protection orders prevent access to firearms to people who are a significant risk to themselves or others.
Before Tremont’s arrest Sunday, he pleaded no contest to DUI with property damage more than four years ago after driving through a Marco Island park and striking trees and a light pole.
Otherwise, Bodinus and the rest of her neighbors said they never heard a peep and are left wondering what went wrong.
“It didn’t look like him at all,” Bodinus said. “When we’ve been here, he’s always been fine.”