Student suspected of assault, threat with gun
An 18-year-old Mesa State College student was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of pistol-whipping a man and pointing a gun at others during a brawl, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.
Levi Morgan Pierce-Armstrong, who is lives in a dorm at the college, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and five counts of felony menacing.
According to an arrest affidavit, deputies were dispatched to the of 3200 block of Main Street after a report about a large fight that included firearms.
Witnesses said they saw Armstrong and about 20 others come out of a home at 3246 Main St., No. 2 with bats and pipes after several vehicles showed up at the residence.
Dakotah Dubbell, 18, told deputies a friend had been arguing with an ex-girlfriend through text messages and that the friend had been challenged by a man through the text messages to come to the house to fight, the affidavit said. When they arrived, Dubbell alleged, Armstrong pistol-whipped one of the men who had arrived at the home and pointed a gun at Dubbell. Dubbell alleged that Armstrong worked the chamber of the gun and that the gun clicked. Armstrong then removed the clip, reinserted it and tried again to fire the weapon, the affidavit alleged.
Dubbell and those who arrived in the vehicles then fled. Deputies later located a .45-caliber handgun in the vehicle Dubbell was driving. Armstrong was taken into custody and agreed to talk with investigators, indicating it was “probable he was capable of threatening persons with a gun,” the affidavit said.