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Rochester man arrested after alleged assault

September 5, 2018

Hollins, Joseph

A Rochester man was arrested late Monday night after he allegedly hit another man with a handgun and hit a parked car with his car in the North Star Bar parking lot.

Joseph Hollins, 37, could face a slew of charges following the incident, including second-degree assault, terroristic threats, possession of a handgun without a permit and fourth-degree driving under the influence, according to Rochester Police Capt. John Sherwin.

Rochester police were called to the bar around 11:30 p.m. for a report of a fight in the parking lot during which a gun was displayed and used to hit someone, Sherwin said.

A 50-year-old man told police that he had been in the parking lot around 11 p.m. smoking a cigarette and saw a vehicle parked “haphazardly,” Sherwin said. The man approached the driver, later identified as Hollins, and told him that he couldn’t park like that.

The car left but returned about 30 minutes later when the man was again outside the bar, Sherwin said.

Hollins and the 50-year-old man again exchanged words, and at one point, Hollins allegedly opened the driver’s side car door into the man, Sherwin said.

Sherwin said the 50-year-old man saw that Hollins had a handgun and tried to grab it and was hit in the head with it. The man and Hollins allegedly struggled over the gun and in doing so fell into the driver’s seat of the car.

At one point, Hollins told the man he was going to shoot him, Sherwin said.

The car then hit another parked car in the lot and both men fell out, Sherwin said. The gun was dropped and a bystander picked it up.

Hollins drove off, but using a vehicle description from witnesses, police were able to locate him in the 2300 block of Valleyhigh Drive Northwest, Sherwin said.

He was arrested without incident.

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