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Blackfoot man charged for pointing gun at landlord who punched woman

September 5, 2018

BLACKFOOT — A Blackfoot man was arrested last month after he reportedly pointed a gun at a landlord who had punched a woman.

Justin Troy Lowe, 37, was staying at a property on the 200 block of East Washington Street when the landlord appeared and began arguing with the tenant who was renting the property. Lowe and a woman were staying there despite not being on the lease.

Lowe told a Blackfoot Police Department officer he was staying with his friend and that the landlord, Spencer Larsen, appeared around 5 p.m. Aug. 16 and began arguing with Lowe’s friend. Several witnesses said it looked as if the argument was going to turn into a fight.

The woman attempted to intervene when Larsen punched her in the face, according to statements from the woman and Lowe.

Lowe and the woman told police he then pulled out the gun, but did not point it at Larsen, and told the landlord to leave the property. Lowe first said he had not pointed the gun at Larsen, then said he pointed it at him when Larsen began walking toward him and the others.

Lowe said Larsen was following the woman aggressively before he pulled the gun. The woman told police she was trying to enter the residence when Larsen followed her and said she thought he was about to attack her again.

Police had been called to the property a few days earlier after a previous confrontation between Larsen and Lowe’s friend. Larsen had been charged with misdemeanor battery for the incident.

Larsen denied punching the woman and said the renter had provoked him by taunting him. He said Lowe pointed the gun at his head unprovoked. Larsen was arrested for disturbing the peace.

Lowe was charged with aggravated assault, punishable with up to five years in prison. He was released after paying $5,000 for bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled 8:30 a.m. Sept. 13 in Bingham County Courthouse.

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