LAVERKIN – Police arrested a St. George man Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly held a man at gunpoint for drugs.
A man went to a home in LaVerkin and demanded prescription drugs from the homeowner at gunpoint. The man, identified as Micheal Ryan Higginson, of St. George, went into the home while pointing the gun at the homeowner. Once inside, the homeowner’s wife and child were also encountered, LaVerkin Police Chief Lloyd Watkins said.
Upon seeing the homeowner’s wife and child, Higginson apparently “freaked out” and fled the home, Watkins said.
The police were contacted around 1:15 p.m., and quickly responded to the scene as they were already in the area. “We were just right around the corner,” Watkins said.
An officer also observed Higginson throw something into the bushes as he fled, the police chief said. A search of the bushes produced a small pistol.
Higginson was arrested and charged with two third-degree felonies for aggravated robbery and aggravated assault. He also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
The incident is still under investigation, Watkins said.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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