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Man Jailed for Punching, Threatening to Shoot Church Employee

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Republic man is in jail after allegedly punching a church employee and threatening to shoot him
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Republic man is in jail after allegedly punching a church employee and threatening to shoot him

According to a probable cause statement, Brad L. White, 26, of Republic, went to Christian Schools of Springfield (739 W. Talmage) on Nov. 9.  White’s ex-wife reportedly frequently went to the church with their two children.

White is not permitted to have unsupervised contact with the children by court order.

Michael Aye, a church employee, saw White on church property and asked him to leave, as he has done on previous occasions.

White punched Aye in the face. Two church security employees separated White from Aye.

White then pulled a handgun from his waistband, pointed it at Aye and bystanders and yelled “I’ll kill all of you,” according to the probable cause statement.  White left after two female companions he was with urged him to do so.

Aye filed a report with the Springfield Police Department, but White was unable to be located during the initial investigation.

Later, on Nov. 15, the Billings Police Department contacted the Springfield Police department in regards to White.  According to the Billings Police Department, White had fled from officers in a vehicle and then on foot after he crashed the car.  A handgun was recovered from the vehicle, but White was not located.

Finally, on Nov. 23, White was apprehended at 2825 S. Glenstone by a Springfield Police Officer.  According to the officer, White was uncooperative and resisted arrest. He also refused to make a statement about the gun threat incident.

Officers found a “white crystal substance” on White that is believed to be methamphetamine, according to the probable cause statement.  Text messages on his cell phone indicate he may have been selling controlled substances.

White is currently in the Greene County Jail under a bond of $30,000 on charges of third degree assault, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 29, 2014 at 10 a.m.


 
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