ST. GEORGE – A man who was allegedly pointing a rifle at cars on Bluff Street in St. George was arrested by authorities Tuesday.
Just before 4 p.m., officers responded to Del Taco, 1091 N. Bluff Street, regarding a weapons offense where it was reported that a man was pointing a rifle at cars in front of the business, according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department in support of the arrest.
Police apprehended the man, identified as 22-year-old Braxton Lee Ribarich, of St. George, who was discovered to have an active warrant for his arrest, issued by the Washington City Justice Court for a retail theft offense Nov. 15.
While searching Ribarich, officers located a hypodermic needle loaded with methamphetamine, according to the statement. The rifle was also located.
Ribarich was arrested and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. During transport to the correctional facility, Ribarich alleged he was poked by a needle.
“I check my vehicle before and after a prisoner gets into my car and I know that nothing was there before he got in the car,” the arresting officer wrote in the statement. “Braxton said he got poked as he was reaching his hands in the seat cushions.”
He was booked into the correctional facility and charged with two third-degree felonies for possession of a firearm by a restricted person and tampering with evidence; two class A misdemeanors for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia; and an infraction for disorderly conduct.
Ribarich had court arraignment Wednesday afternoon in 5th District Court.
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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