An altercation at a Park Circle business in Cambridge Friday night has a city resident facing an aggravated menacing charge after he allegedly threatened people while armed with a knife.
The 23-year-old male is accused of spinning the tires on his pickup truck and throwing gravel onto several motorcycles and other vehicles parked outside the business. It was then he allegedly became involved in a physical altercation with the owner of a motorcycle struck by the gravel and allegedly brandished the knife, stating “I’ll stab you” to him and other patrons of the cafe.
The male was taken into custody a short time later outside his home on North Avenue, just blocks from the scene of the altercation.
According to Cambridge police reports, officers were first dispatched to an Elm Street residence at 10:13 p.m. Friday in regards to a verbal altercation involving the Cumberland resident and his ex-girlfriend. The male had reportedly fled the scene in a black Ford Ranger pickup truck prior to the arrival of police.
Police said the ex-girlfriend told them the couple had recently split and he observed her with another male when he visited the neighborhood where she lives. A verbal altercation reportedly occurred, but the female denied any physical contact took place during the argument.
An officer reported hearing the male’s truck, which he had stopped the previous night, leaving the Park Circle business. Another officer reported seeing the truck leave the business and a traffic stop was conducted in the 1200 block of North Avenue.
The male reportedly denied being at his ex-girlfriend’s home on Elm Street and advised police he was instead involved in a fight at the cafe on Park Circle.
An officer responded to the business and reportedly learned from witnesses that the male had spun the tires on his truck in the parking lot and gravel had struck several motorcycles and other vehicles.
The business owner told police the male was inside drinking and when he went to leave, he spun the tires throwing gravel everywhere in the parking lot. She said several patrons outside the business then approached the truck to get the male to stop.
One of the motorcycle owners reportedly engaged in a physical altercation with the male and it was then the knife was brandished. The owner tried to get people away from the male in fear he would actually stab someone and the male left the business — again spinning the truck’s tires and throwing gravel in the parking lot.
The owner reportedly banned the male from the business and requested charges be filed for the incident involving the knife.
Police seized a knife from the male and transported him to the Guernsey County Jail where he remained incarcerated as of press time Monday. He is scheduled to appear in the Cambridge Municipal Court to answer to the misdemeanor charge.
A check of the court’s online records revealed the male was convicted of possession of a deadly weapon while under detention, a first-degree misdemeanor, in June and sentenced to 88 days in jail for an incident on March 20. The charge was filed by the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office on March 26.
The male initially plead not guilty to the charge, but later changed his plea to no contest. He was given credit for 88 days served at the time of the sentencing hearing and released from custody.
No other information regarding either incident was available as of press time.
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