The 25-year-old man who pointed a gun at two people early Wednesday morning, demanding their car keys, was arraigned Friday morning.
Shane Casey of Great Falls was charged with aggravated burglary, robbery, a $10,000 warrant out of Powell County for failure to comply with the terms of a suspended sentence, and criminal trespass to a vehicle—three felonies and a misdemeanor.
According to Sheriff Ed Lester, around 6 a.m. Butte police responded to a report of a man with a gun on the 1100 block of West Steele Street. A man had answered his door to Casey pointing a 9 millimeter handgun at him and demanding his car keys. The man shut the door on Casey to call police, but believes he may have entered the home for a brief period before fleeing.
While officers were on their way to West Steele Street, they received another report of a person held at gunpoint by Casey while in their car at West Elementary School. Casey, again, wanted the person’s car, but the driver was able to leave the area and call 911. Casey broke into a car at some point before officers arrested him, Lester said, but the details of the break in are unclear.
Lester said after police spoke with both victims, several officers were called to the area to search for the Casey. Around 6:16 a.m., they saw him on the 900 block of West Platinum Street. He attempted to flee, throwing his handgun, but when he ran into the middle of the street, officers apprehended him.
Police believe Casey was under the influence of methamphetamine when he was arrested, but did not confirm that. Lester said it’s unclear why Casey was in the west side neighborhood or why he was looking to steal a vehicle, and that aspect of the case is still under investigation.
Casey has a preliminary District Court date set Sept. 13.