WESH Ormond Beach police arrested a man who said he was breaking into homes to find a gun to kill himself. On Sunday, police responded to a home at 634 Tomoka Avenue regarding a suspicious incident. Ellis Galbreath, 82, told police a man came into his home, went into the refrigerator and took a beer and a soda. Galbreath said the man confronted him and asked, ‘where was the gun?’ and then punched him in the face. Galbreath grabbed a wrench and the intruder took off. A few minutes later, Galbreath pointed out Matthew Fanok, 28, to police. Fanok was standing in front of a neighbor’s home at 636 Tomoka Ave. The people who lived in that home came out and said Fanok had just burglarized their home. Fanok was questioned and told police that he recently left Halifax Hospital and was looking for a gun so he could commit suicide. Fanok was taken into custody without further incident. He was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, criminal mischief, home invasion robbery and battery on a person 65 years of age or older.
Matthew Fanok wanted to kill himself, but without a gun, he decided to break into an elderly neighbor’s home and steal his gun to do the deed. You know that you live in Florida, right Matthew Fanok? There are a million ways to kill yourself in Florida without a gun, just stand in the middle of the street and let a blind elderly person run you over, or jump into a pond and wait for an alligator to rip you in half, or steal some methamphetamine from a dealer. You do not need a gun to end it all in Florida. That’s why I am not buying the fact that Matthew Fanok was invested in this suicide attempt, he may have just wanted a beer and soda, and was willing to assault his old neighbor to get a few beverages. If you are going to commit suicide, you’ve got to commit.
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