February 8, 1996 in Washington Voices

Man Who Displayed Weapon Arrested On Assault Charges

By The Spokesman-Review

A North Side man came dangerously close to being shot by police when he flashed a gun at officers last week.

Police drew their guns on Ronald D. Blevins, 34, after he refused to obey officers’ commands and pulled a handgun out of his jeans.

According to police, officers at the scene were close to shooting Blevins before he tossed aside the gun.

Blevins was jailed on charges of assault and unlawfully possessing a firearm. He is being held on a $20,000 bond. Prosecutors filed charges against Blevins Tuesday.

About 10 p.m. last Thursday, police received a call from a woman who said her sister was being held hostage by Blevins in a West Central home.

Police surrounded the house and talked to Blevins by phone. After a half hour of discussion, a woman ran out of the house barefoot across the snowy yard, police said.

The woman had cuts and bruises on her face and told police that Blevins had pistol-whipped her.

After talking with police, Blevins walked out the front door of the house. He was ordered to lie down, but instead reached behind his back and grabbed the handgun.

Alderson said if the gun had been leveled at officers instead of pointed toward the ground, rules of police conduct would have allowed officers fire.

Man assaulted, car stereo stolen

Two men assaulted a North Side man and stole his car stereo after an incident Tuesday that began as a traffic dispute.

The man told sheriff’s deputies he was driving his black 1974 Volkswagen Bug north on Market Street in Morgan Acres when he accidentally splashed a truck in the next lane.

The gray full-sized Ford pickup truck cut the Volkswagen off, forcing it into a parking lot.

The man told police the pickup passenger got out and hit him in the face. While the man and the passenger, a white male about 5-foot-11 and between 200 and 250 pounds, were fighting, the truck’s driver was looking through the Bug.

The man saw the driver take his car keys and cellular phone. The man knocked the passenger down and ran for help.

After calling police, the man returned to his car and found the hazard lights flashing and keys on the driver’s seat.

But the cellular phone was still missing and the car’s stereo and tachometer were missing, according to police.

The driver of the truck was described as a white male, between 30 and 40 years old and about 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds.

, DataTimes

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