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Altercation Escalates into Gun Drawn at Apartment Complex, One Arrested

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On Monday, June 12, 2017, at approximately 11:34 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to an apartment complex on the 60800 block of Division Street in Joshua Tree referencing a male subject pointing a handgun at the reporting party.

Deputies Shane Crowl and Richard Perry arrived and contacted the reporting party, 31-year-old Bobby Collins, who informed them that his neighbor, later identified as 68-year-old Frank Nicholson, confronted him and his friend while they were outside talking on the porch.

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Nicholson was upset because they were talking too loud and a verbal altercation ensued. Nicholson went back inside his apartment, then returned outside and pointed a handgun at Collins asking him if he wanted to die. Nicholson then returned to his apartment before deputies arrived.

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Collins pointed out the apartment to Crowl and Perry and they were able to make contact with Nicholson. During the investigation, Nichoson was detained and a 38 caliber revolver was located. A witness on scene corroborated Collins’ version of events and Nicholson was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats.

Nicholson was transported to the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga and booked for PC 245(a)(1) and PC 422 in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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