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Bail set at $75,000 in violent crime case

A Missouri man was arrested for an incident outside of St. Louis that involved a gun and threats to his ex-girlfriend. According to reports, the man was out on bail at the time of the incident for a previous armed robbery charge. Bail in the assault case is currently set at $75,000 cash.

According to reports, the man warned the woman that he would come to her place of employment, which was a Subway restaurant. The man allegedly said that he planned to commit a violent crime, such as shooting up the restaurant. He told the woman she should leave.

The man arrived at the restaurant around 8:30 p.m. He threatened his 18-year-old ex-girlfriend in the parking lot, according to reports. Allegations are that the man produced a handgun and told the woman to come talk to it. He allegedly grabbed the woman by the back of the neck and pushed her.

The man is charged with misdemeanor assault and unlawful use of a weapon, according to court records. Assault charges of any type carry serious consequences, but in this case, the man's prior history of charges are likely to color court proceedings. It's like his cash-only bail was informed by the fact that he was out on bail in another case when the allegations of assault occurred.

Understanding your rights is an essential part of developing a good defense strategy in a criminal case. Working to create a viable defense often involves avoiding issues in the meantime, but if a second arrest does occur, it's important to understand how historical charges will impact any case. Even though cases are tried separately, a person's record is usually on view during proceedings.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Man pulls gun on ex-girlfriend at St. Charles Subway shop, police say" Susan Welch, May. 01, 2014

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