A Powell man’s attempt to take the law into his own hands backfired, police say, and instead secured the man three felony charges.
According to his arrest affidavit, Joshua Armstrong accused a casual romantic acquaintance of stealing a gold and diamond ring that was hidden in his pillow case.
The woman told police that on Friday night, Armstrong was driving with her in the passenger seat when he demanded to know where the ring was. When Armstrong was denied the answer, he pulled a pistol out of the center console, pointed it at her temple and asked the question again.
When she tried to flee, the woman said Armstrong grabbed her arm and told her “no.”
The woman said she then told Armstrong she did, in fact, know where the ring was, and convinced him to take her to a friend’s apartment, where she called the police.
Armstrong told investigators he wasn’t trying to scare the woman with the gun, and said he never tried to stop her from leaving. He told police he only removed it from the console to keep the woman from grabbing it.
Armstrong appeared in Natrona County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon and was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent and felonious restraint.
Citing several of the defendant’s previous charges, Assistant District Attorney Joshua Stensaas asked for a $25,000 bond. Judge Michael Huber agreed.
Armstrong will attend a preliminary hearing within 10 days to determine whether the case will move to District Court.