January 13, 2012

Marathon man charged with gun threats

Marathon – A Marathon man is in jail, charged with threatening another man with a gun.

The charges stem from an incident which took place January 7th in the early morning hours at JJs Doghouse bar. Just after 3 a.m., deputies responded to the bar to reports of a man with a gun.

When they arrived, they met with the victim, who said the suspect, 36 year old Enrique Valdes Jr., had chased him down the street with a gun in his hand.

The two men had a previous altercation, about  a week before, during which Valdes was struck in the eye. The victim said when Valdes saw him in the bar he left, telling the victim he’d “be right back”. The victim said he was afraid Valdes was going to get a weapon, so he armed himself with a pool cue. He said when Valdes returned a short time later, he had a gun in his hand. At that point, the victim said he fled on foot down the street with Valdes chasing him.

Witnesses corroborated the victim’s story. An employee of the bar at first refused to make a statement, but later told Sgt. Joel Slough Valdes had shown him a handgun tucked in his waistband. Another witness said he saw the suspect running after the victim carrying a handgun.

A warrant was issued for Valdes; on Thursday, he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He was booked into jail.

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