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Man arrested for using rifle to threaten woman

February 10, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — Police here arrested a 23-year-old Brawley man who reportedly threatened a woman with a rifle at her residence Friday.

Brent Lamar Minnix, who has lived in Brawley for seven months, was booked into the county jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

He was arrested shortly after a 12:35 p.m. incident in which Minnix allegedly went to the home of Crystal Gentry, 23, in the 600 block of North 13th Street with a rifle.

Brawley police Sgt. Mark Gillmore said he is unsure what relationship Minnix has with Gentry, but he did say they are acquaintances.


Gillmore added Minnix told police Gentry had disrespected his family, adding that Minnix said that was his motive.

When Minnix went to the house, Gillmore said, Gentry, numerous children and two men were there.

When Gentry went to the door, Minnix pushed the door open and "put the gun in her face and threatened to kill her," Gillmore said, adding police don't know whether the rifle was loaded.

A man in the house stepped in front of Gentry and pushed away Minnix.

Gillmore said Gentry then went to call police and Minnix fled through an alley. He ran back to the home where he was staying in the 600 block of North Palm Drive.

When police responded there, Minnix was arrested without further incident. Police recovered the rifle, which at that point was not loaded.

Minnix remained in custody Saturday with bail set at $20,000.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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