Neighborly dispute goes from trashy to scary

Neighborly dispute goes from trashy to scary
Gary Dale Loven, 69, Jonesboro Aggravated assault (6/17) (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Police say a man pulled not one but two guns on a neighbor because of trash.

Jonesboro police officers were called to an argument that got out of hand in the 3500 block of Pleasant View Drive.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the victim told officers his neighbor, 69-year-old Gary Dale Loven, knocked on his door on Friday, June 14.

The victim claimed Loven was angry because he believed the victim’s dogs had dragged his trash all over his yard.

The victim reportedly told Loven both his dogs were inside and didn’t do it. He then said Loven pushed the victim’s trash can over and began kicking it.

He went outside and told Loven to get off his property, the affidavit stated. He said Loven then headed to his vehicles saying, “I’ll just shoot you.”

Loven pulled out an AK-47, the victim told police. He said he grabbed at the barrel of the rifle to keep it pointed away from him.

The victim then started to rack the shells out of the rifle in an attempt to empty it. When he did this, Loven then got a Glock pistol out of his console, according to the report.

The victim said he was able to get the pistol away from Loven, threw it in the yard and told his wife to call 911.

At this point, Loven allegedly then drove off.

Loven appeared in Craighead County District Court on Monday, June 17, where probable cause was found to charge him with aggravated assault and terroristic threatening in the first degree.

His bond was set at $3,500 and a no-contact order issued between him and the alleged victim.

Loven’s next court appearance will take place on July 31.

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