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For the third time this month, a man in North Platte has been charged with assault with a handgun.

The suspect used the butt of the gun to hit another man at an apartment on Rodeo Road, police said.

Police spokesman John Deal said officers went to the H&H Apartments, 1420 Rodeo Rd., at 9:03 p.m. Sunday to check out a reported disturbance. 

A witness told them Corey Havens, 28, hit a 24-year-old man in the head with the butt of a handgun as well as with an electric clothes iron. 

The witness told police that Havens pointed the handgun at the witness, causing them to fear for their life, run from the room and call police. (The witness was not identified as male or female.)

When officers arrived, the door to the room was ajar, but when they tried to enter, Havens pushed it shut, according to the police report. Havens tried to forcibly close the door, but police forced it open. They took Havens to the floor and took him into custody, Deal said.

Deal said Havens appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. He exhibited bizarre behavior and was combative with the police. 

A man was inside the room with a cut on his head and swelling to his face. And, a semi-automatic handgun was found, along with an electric iron, consistent with the witness’ statement, Deal said. 

The man was taken to the hospital to be treated. The injuries did not appear to be life threatening, Deal said.

When police searched the room, they found marijuana and other suspected controlled substances, which will be sent to the Nebraska Crime Lab for further testing, Deal said.

According to the police report, an argument over a drug transaction apparently escalated, and Havens allegedly hit the man multiple times with the handgun and the iron.

Havens is also a convicted felon, therefore prohibited from possessing a deadly weapon. He has been charged with numerous offenses, and Deal said more charges could be forthcoming. Havens was booked into jail Sunday night, but no mugshot was posted by the detention center.

Specifically, Havens is charged with second-degree assault, two counts of use of deadly weapon to commit a felony, resisting arrest, making terroristic threats and obstructing police, according to sheriff’s records.

He is initially held without bond.

The handgun crime is the third such charge in North Platte since March 3.

Cristian Vera, 19, and Terrance Alexander, 20, were previously charged in separate incidents.

Vera allegedly shot an 18-year-old in the head on March 6 with a handgun at a North Platte residence, where teens were playing video games.

Alexander is charged with making terroristic threats with a large-caliber semi-automatic handgun at a March 3 party at a rural residence west of the city. He was charged March 9.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 3/20/2017
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