Man arrested for brandishing firearm at bowling alley, threatening police officers

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CEDAR CITY – A Cedar City man is facing several felony charges Tuesday after he allegedly brandished a gun at a bowling alley and threatened police officers and their families.

Jerrod Grant Robker, of Cedar City, Utah, booking photo posted May 19, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, St. George/Cedar City News
Jerrod Grant Robker, of Cedar City, Utah, booking photo posted May 19, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, St. George/Cedar City News

Cedar City Police arrested Jerrod Grant Robker, 31, following an incident at the Cedar Bowling Alley located on U.S. Highway 91 near Enoch City. Authorities booked him into the Iron County Correctional Facility on a $10,000 cash bail. He has since bailed out of jail.

Robker is facing three third-degree felonies for aggravated assault, two class B misdemeanors for resisting and interfering with an arresting officer and for possession of a dangerous weapon while intoxicated, and two class C misdemeanors for intoxication and disorderly conduct.

According to the charging documents filed in support of the suspect’s arrest, Robker was one of the parties allegedly inciting a fight with another group at the bowling alley. At some point during the incident, Robker lifted his shirt and showed the firearm he was carrying at the time.

He then invited the group to “come on outside,” the court document states. Robker went outside while one of his friends allegedly pushed two members from the other group outside with him.

“At this point Jerrod began to pull his gun out of his holster,” the court record states.

A fight broke out between Robker and another person who had grabbed him to allegedly try and get the gun away from him. Once let go, Robker immediately took his gun out of his holster and pointed it at three people.

Several people tried to run inside, at which time Robker reportedly struck one of them in the arm with the butt of the gun.

Police reported they arrived on scene to find two people fighting on the ground inside the bowling alley. One of the officers there saw a female pick up a gun from the floor in front of the two who were on the floor fighting, the document states.

“I ordered her to drop the gun,” the officer stated in his report. “Through the chaos of the fighting, the gun disappeared.”

As the officer was trying to split up the fight he said he looked up and saw Robker, who was then in possession of the firearm, “appearing to lift it up in the officer’s direction.”

“At that time, (Iron County Sheriff) Deputy (Wade) Lee hurried to the side of Robker and had his service weapon on him,” the officer stated in the court records.

Authorities later interviewed Robker who allegedly admitted to brandishing the firearm. Robker also told officers he had been drinking. The document states the suspect had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and reeked of alcohol, all of which coincided with Robker’s admission of guilt.

According to the documents, police had to pull Robker out of their car when they took him to the hospital for medical clearance before escorting him to jail. At that time, Robker allegedly threatened the Cedar City Police Officer Zac Adams and his wife and daughter.

Later, Robker allegedly threatened another officer and his family, documents state.

Court records show Robker has a criminal history of similar charges between 2006 to 2010. Convictions range from third-degree felonies for stalking and violation of a stalking order to misdemeanors for electronic communication harassment, stalking and interruption or damage of an electronic communication device.

He was also convicted on several misdemeanors in 2006 including simple assault, unlawful detention, violation of a protective order and interfering with arrest. In 2008 however, the charges were all dismissed under a plea of abeyance agreement.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

Email: tsullivan@stgnews.com

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2 Comments

  • tcrider May 20, 2016 at 8:18 am

    another barney phife wana-be

  • Dylan May 21, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    They’re calling the cops man! Put the piece away.~ The Dude

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