Man with a toy gun
Police arrested Tuesday afternoon a 24-year-old Butte man who they say pointed a toy gun affixed with a real magazine at passersby on the street.
Police said calls about the man became coming in around 1 p.m. from Butte residents who said a man in green raincoat was on the corner of Montana and Iron Streets and was at that time yelling at passerby and pointing a gun at them that was wrapped in cloth.
An officer later caught up with the man, Brandon Burt, in the parking lot of a gas station on the 500 block of Montana Street.
As the officer began to approach the 24-year-old, he or she could allegedly observe that Burt was holding a vintage Nintendo gun that was affixed with a magazine from a real weapon — a type of Glock, police said.
Police said Burt tried to hide the gun in his pants as the officer approached, but the officer placed him in handcuffs and confiscated the fake weapon. At that time, police said, the officer could observe that the Glock magazine was loaded.
Burt was arrested at the scene and was taken to the Butte county jail, where he now faces a felony charge of criminal endangerment and a criminal mischief charge, a misdemeanor.
Felony partner, family-member assault; brass knuckles
Police say a call regarding a domestic dispute Tuesday night resulted in two men being apprehended.
Officers responded around 10:30 p.m., Tuesday, to a residence on the 700 block of West Quartz Street after receiving a call from a woman who said her boyfriend had allegedly assaulted her. According to the complainant, the boyfriend had allegedly strangled her, but she did not lose consciousness. Afterward, she told police, he drove away in his vehicle.
Police said when officers arrived they could observe bruising on the woman’s neck and arms. They began patrolling the area to see if the boyfriend, Louis Caye, 48, of Butte would return, which he later did, police said.
Upon Caye’s return, officers arrested the 48-year-old, who allegedly appeared to be intoxicated. Caye was taken to Butte county jail, where police say he failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a Breathalyzer. As a result, Caye has been cited with felony partner, family-member assault and a misdemeanor DUI refusal charge. He’s also been cited with a parole violation, police said.
Also in Caye’s vehicle Tuesday night was Casey Heavyrunner, 42, of Butte.
During the stop, officers patted Heavyrunner down, whereupon they allegedly discovered a set of metal knuckles in his possession.
Heavyrunner was also arrested and has since been cited with a misdemeanor for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, police said.
Failure to disperse
Police responded around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning to the 800 block of South Maryland Avenue in response to a call about an intoxicated male walking in the street.
When officers arrived, they came upon Sheldon Brien, 32, of Butte, who police say appeared highly intoxicated and disoriented.
Police said Brien was unable to tell officers his address. Police then walked the 32-year-old up and down the street to see if he recognized any of the houses. Brien allegedly told officers that he didn’t recognize any of the houses. At that time, police said, officers arrested the 32-year-old. He has since been cited with failure to disperse, a misdemeanor.