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Montevideo man charged with assault after brandishing rifle

MONTEVIDEO — A 20-year-old Montevideo man was arraigned Wednesday in Chippewa County District Court in Montevideo on felony charges of assault in the second degree — dangerous weapon; terroristic threats; and receiving stolen property, a firearm.

Paul Jeffrey Anderson also faces misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana and underage possession of marijuana.

The court set unconditional bail at $50,000, but allowed Anderson to be released on his personal recognizance provided he abide by conditions including no use of alcohol or other drugs.

The complaint alleges that police responded to a report of Anderson and another man fighting outside of his residence on July 18. Anderson allegedly showed the man who wanted to fight him as well as others present that he had an AR assault rifle.

Police officers searched the residence and seized a stolen, DPMS Panther Arms AR-15 rifle that had a round in its chamber and a magazine holding 26 rounds. Two other loaded magazines were found in an oven in the house, according to the complaint.

Police returned to the house with a search warrant on July 24 and seized 29.2 grams of marijuana, two bongs, a scale, and other drug paraphernalia. They also recovered an ammo box allegedly stolen from the owner of the AR-15 rifle.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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