Ormond HOA director accused of firing gun in pool dispute

Article Courtesy of  Daytona Beach News-Journal

By Frank Fernandez

Published May 6, 2019


An Ormond Beach homeowners association director got a gun and fired a shot when two teenagers refused to leave a community swimming pool, police said.

No one was hit but Richard S. Marcelle, 66, is now charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and discharging a gun in public. If convicted, Marcelle could face up to five years in prison and possibly more since a gun was involved.

Marcelle, who lists a Willow Run address in The Village subdivision, was released from the Volusia County Branch Jail after posting a $35,000 bail.

Julian Johnson, 18, who lives in the community, and a younger friend went to the pool about 9:15 p.m. April 22 to hang out. Johnson is allowed by association rules to bring guests to the pool, the police report states.

Marcelle drove up in his truck, walked up and told them that the pool was closed. But Johnson and his guest noticed that a sign listing the pool rules said it was open until 10 p.m., the report states.

Marcelle, who state records show is a director of Village Homeowners Association, told them that the board had voted to change the rules at a recent meeting but the new rules were not posted yet. Johnson and his friend decided to rely on the sign and ignore Marcelle.

Marcelle intercepted them as they tried to reenter the pool and displayed a small, black revolver. Marcelle then, police said, fired the gun into the dirt.


Johnson and his friend left the area as Marcelle followed them to their car. Johnson’s friend asked Marcelle, “Did you really just shoot a gun?”

Richard S. Marcelle

Marcelle replied “Yes, I am putting my own life at risk."