Man allegedly held hatchet to woman’s neck |

Man allegedly held hatchet to woman’s neck

by Amy Alonzo

A Gardnerville man will remain in jail until he receives a mental health clearance.

Robert W. Owens, 75, was arrested May 11 for assault with a deadly weapon.

Deputies responded to Mustang Lane in Gardnerville after a woman called to report Owens had assaulted her with a hatchet.

The woman claimed she knocked on Owens’ bedroom door, and he opened the door and held a hatchet to her neck and threatened her.

Owens said he keeps the hatchet in his room because the woman often comes to his door with a knife in her hand. He said he raised the hatchet in a fighting stance in case she had a knife.

The pair both said they had been drinking that night and that they had fought earlier about her cooking.

According to court documents, Owens said, “I will get that —–. I know where she lives. I have six bullets for my gun,” after he was arrested.

While in jail, he also allegedly said “When I get out of here I am going to burn this building down then go and burn the house down with her in it.”

His bail is set at $50,000.

A Gardnerville Ranchos man was arrested Sunday for allegedly driving drunk.

Deputies spotted a White GMC Yukon traveling 36 mph in a 25 mph zone on Fairway Drive in Gardnerville.

Deputies followed the vehicle onto Highway 395 and observed the driver swerving and hitting its lights and turn signals erratically.

Deputies stopped the vehicle and identified the driver, Johnny L. Awe, 57, who appeared inebriated.

Awe had a blood alcohol concentration of .225, and according to court documents, he has at least two prior DUIs.

He was arrested for speeding, failing to maintain his lane and for driving under the influence.

His bail is set at $10,279.

A Gardnerville man was arrested Sunday on charges of domestic battery and assault with a deadly weapon.

Deputies responded to reports of a domestic dispute on Hussman Avenue in Gardnerville, where Justin M. Avey, 21, and his stepfather were fighting in the street.

A witness reported that Avey had hit his stepfather with a glass bottle.

Avey’s bail is set at $3,003.