A Tifton man was arrested Saturday night after allegedly pointing a gun at another man’s chest.
According to an incident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, a 41-year-old man reported that at approximately 7:45 p.m. Saturday, his landlord pointed a black semi-automatic 45 caliber handgun into his chest while inside of his residence located in the 1000 block of South Ridge Avenue.
The man told police the offender said he would put him in the hospital while pointing the gun at his chest. He reported he then told his wife to call the police because he feared for his life. The man’s wife witnessed the incident.
The husband reported the offender became angry at him because he asked him why he blocked and barricaded the door to prevent him and his wife from gaining entrance to the residence so his wife could use the bathroom.
The offender, Justin Felts, 33, of Tifton, told police that he did not pull his gun on the victim, nor did he threaten him in any way. He was arrested for aggravated assault and transported to the Tift County Jail.
The report states the man’s wife appeared to be very distraught and very shaken up from the incident while she was providing details to the officer at the scene.
The semi-automatic handgun was confiscated by officers and placed into evidence. With consent from Felts, the weapon was recovered in his bedroom.
In another matter, officer Amanda Branam reported that at approximately 9:15 p.m. Saturday, she responded to a wreck at North Tift Avenue and 20th Street. While en route to the scene, the 911 operator also said she first received a call in reference to a possible drunk driver leaving Burger King on North Tift Avenue, which ended up being the vehicle that ran off the road and wrecked.
A witness stopped to assist the drunk driver in the vehicle when he saw her run off the road, strike a mailbox and then hit a large utility pole. There were tire marks on the grass in front of a nearby business, and the mailbox was knocked completely down.
Branam reported it appeared as if the offender, Lynnette Harrell Zuniga, 51, of Perry, drove off the side of the road and never tried to correct it. When she arrived on the scene, she observed Zuniga sitting on the ground with blood on her face and arm. Emergency Medical Services was contacted.
The witness said he pulled Zuniga from the vehicle because he thought it was going to catch fire. The airbags were deployed. Branam reported when she tried talking to Zuniga, she could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from her breath, and her speech was slurred. She said Zuniga was belligerent and didn’t know what happened. She also didn’t know why Branam was there.
Zuniga was transported by EMS to the emergency room for further testing. She said she had a plate in her neck and it hurt.
Branam reported when looking in the vehicle to get Zuniga’s information, she found an open, cold beer bottle with alcohol still in it in the driver’s side floor.
Zuniga was charged with DUI/alcohol, an open container violation and failure to maintain lane.
In other unrelated cases:
• A woman who lives in the 700 block of Poplar Street reported Friday that while in her bedroom, she noticed someone sneaking about her residence. She told police that she saw someone wearing all black at the doorway. She yelled at the subject and asked him what he was doing in her house. She said she only knows the subject’s nickname and she talked to him in the past. The woman reported the subject told her he had been knocking at the door and there was no answer.
He said the front door was wide open, and he came in because she did not answer. The woman reported the subject asked her to go get something to eat with him. She told him to leave, and he left in a burgundy car. The subject had an afro and was wearing all black clothing. He was described as a black male, about 5’6” in height and 140 pounds. Officers noticed signs of forced entry through the front door. There were marks on the door and door frame. The woman said the front screen door, as well as the front door, were locked. Nothing appeared to have been stolen.
• A man reported Monday that his trailer was stolen from Southern Heritage Homes on Marshall Drive. The trailer was parked beside Highway 82 West with a “for sale” sign on it. The trailer was a homemade 5x10, one axle trailer with a floor made of 2x6 boards. Large numbers were engraved on the front tongue of the trailer. The value of the trailer is estimated to be $1,000.
To contact reporter Latasha Everson, call 382-4321.