By Isaac Ray
A Coral Springs man was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly threatening to slit a woman’s throat because she wouldn’t take him to buy drugs.
On May 6, Coral Springs Police responded to a residence, where the female victim greeted them outside. Although initially reluctant to speak out of fear of retaliation, she agreed to tell officers what happened after they assured her she was safe.
According to the report, the victim said a man, later identified as Shane Hancotte, 36, became upset with her after refusing to take him to buy drugs or lend him money. After a verbal argument, the victim told police Hancotte left the home, and she immediately called his brother to ask him to come over because she did not feel safe alone.
The report said Hancotte’s brother and his son arrived at the home, and shortly thereafter, Hancotte returned, and an argument broke out. The victim said as the matter escalated, Hancotte took a sharp metal blade and held it in his hand while telling her he was going to “slit her throat and stab her in the face until she was unrecognizable.”
The victim also told police on another occasion during the argument, Hancotte held a knife like a switchblade in a threatening manner.
After interviewing additional witnesses — some who were also initially trepidacious to speak out to officers out of fear of Hancotte — officers spoke to Hancotte himself to get his side of the story.
According to the report, Hancotte initially said the incident was purely verbal but quickly changed his story once he learned of the charges he was facing. Hancotte told police he was the victim of an assault, pointing to bumps on his head as proof. The report said officers concluded the injuries were not recent nor related to the incident.
Hancotte was arrested and transported to the Broward County Main Jail, where he is being held on a $50,000 bond.
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