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An Oklahoma man pleaded not guilty in Natrona County District Court on Wednesday afternoon to charges alleging he tried to run over the manager of a strip club with a car.

Karl G. Gustke, 33, entered the plea to a single count of aggravated assault in the case, defense attorney Don Fuller said Wednesday afternoon. Assistant District Attorney Mike Schafer, who is prosecuting the case, said shortly before the hearing that he expected Gustke to plead not guilty.

Although Gustke initially gave his town of residence as El Reno, Oklahoma, recent court filings indicate he now lives in Natrona County.

According to court documents, the manager of Racks Saloon told deputies he asked Gustke to leave the bar at about 2 a.m. March 5.

The two men began to argue and the manager, Anthony MacMillan, walked Gustke out the door. Gustke turned around, the manager said, and MacMillan — thinking Gustke was threatening him — slapped Gustke, who fell to the ground, the documents state.

After Gustke threatened the manager with a 10-inch stick, the bar manager armed himself with a baseball bat and Gustke got in his car, court documents state MacMillan told sheriff’s deputies.

MacMillan said Gustke drove at him twice, but MacMillan dodged the car both times by stepping behind a guard rail, the documents state. Gustke then got out of the car and pointed a gun at MacMillan, MacMillan told deputies. The manager then went into the club, locked the door and called 911, according to the documents.

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Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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