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Guns, family violence send local man to jail
Trinity Standard -

TRINITY – A 20-year-old Trinity man was being held under bonds totaling over $1.5 million this week following an incident Monday involving guns and family violence. Blaze Rasberry was arrested around 3:30 p.m. Monday on felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, tampering with physical evidence and theft of a firearm as well as on misdemeanor charges of assault/family violence and criminal mischief. Municipal Judge Howard Kinsel set bonds of $1 million on the aggravated assault charge and $500,000 on the assault/family violence complaint. Additional bonds included $20,000 on the tampering charge, $5,000 on the theft of a firearm charge and $1,500 on the criminal mischief complaint. According to Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones, police received a call at about 3:10 p.m. Monday from a woman who said a man had held a gun to her head at a residence off Dryden Street. Jones, who was off duty when the call came in, said sergeants Randy Wheeler and John Raiford responded to the call. When notified of the incident, Jones said he joined the officers at the scene minutes later. Wheeler got to the residence first and was told by the woman that the suspect and a 15-year-old juvenile had left minutes before taking a trail through a wooded area behind the residence. She told the officer they were armed with a rifle, a sawed-off shotgun and two handguns. Jones said the woman said the suspect was her daughter’s boyfriend and that they had gotten into an argument. The daughter, who was with her mother when police arrived, had obvious signs of injuries to her face, head and neck, which Jones described as consistent with having been beaten. The mother told officers that during the course of the argument, the suspect pulled a pistol and aimed it at her head. After receiving the information about the suspects taking a trail through the woods, Raiford drove down Aspen Street, which intersects Dryden just north of the victim’s residence. Raiford spotted Rasberry, the 15-year-old juvenile and Rasberry’s mother walking but when he attempted to stop and question them, Rasberry is alleged to have run east toward a mobile home on Locke Street. “He ran past the mobile home and an abandoned house into a wooded area but came back a few moments later,” Jones said. When investigators attempted to question them about the guns, Jones said they became very uncooperative. “I called for assistance from the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department to help us look for the guns and we searched the trail from the residence over to Aspen as well as the area behind the abandoned house on Locke Street,” the police chief said. In a little less than an hour, TVFD volunteers found a rifle and sawed off shotgun hidden behind a tree on the wood trail behind the residence and then located the two handguns under a piece of tin behind the abandoned residence off Locke. The handguns included a Kimber 1911 automatic, which Jones estimated to be valued at $1,300, and a .22-caliber revolver – possibly a collector’s item – and holster. The Kimber was later determined to have been stolen from a Walker County constable. Jones said initially Rasberry was only being detained for questioning while officers searched for the guns and was placed in the back of Raiford’s patrol unit. While sitting there, Jones said the suspect became agitated and kicked out a side window in the vehicle as well as the interior overhead light. “At that point, his status went from being detained to under arrest,” Jones said, adding that the suspect was then driven to the Trinity Police Department and booked into jail. The juvenile also was taken into custody on a charge of tampering with physical evidence and after consulting with Trinity County juvenile probation officers, Kinsel order him held at the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Facility in Conroe pending a district court hearing. Jones noted that the $1 million and $500,000 bonds set in the case were used because of the nature of the offense and to protect the future safety of the victims and the community as a whole. The police chief said that while in custody, the suspect threatened to kill his girlfriend’s children in front of her and then kill her. While appearing before Kinsel on Tuesday morning, he also was heard yelling and threatening to kill the judge as soon as he was released from custody.


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