A Rochester man was arrested Saturday after police said he threatened a group of people with a gun.
Stephen Phury, 32, made his first appearance in Olmsted County District Court on Monday on a charge of felony threats of violence.
Judge Jacob Allen set conditional bail with no monetary amount and ordered that Phury surrender any permit to carry a concealed weapon and all weapons in his possession to law enforcement within 48 hours of Monday’s date. Phury was also ordered to have no contact with the alleged victims. Unconditional bail was set at $20,000.
Rochester police received a call around 6:20 p.m from a 23-year-old woman in the 3500 block of 22nd Avenue Northwest. The woman reported that she was threatened by a group of people in the area of 19th Street Northwest and 18th Avenue Northwest, Lt. Mike Sadauskis said. The woman said she had been followed by a group of cars but "officers found her story not to be believable," Sadauskis said.
During the investigation, police learned that the woman had been assaulted earlier in the day by a 25-year-old man.
Officers spoke with witnesses at a residence in the 1700 block of 18th Avenue Northwest and learned that the 23-year-old woman and friends had gone to the residence to confront the man alleged to have committed the earlier domestic assault.
A witness told officers that a man, later identified as Phury, had gotten out of a red pickup with a pistol in his hand and when asked why he had it responded, “Why do you think I have one?,” the criminal complaint states. Phury is also alleged to have said “I’ll shoot the sh-- out of you."
In the criminal complaint, police noted that Phury told officers he had multiple forms of self-defense and made reference to various firearms, according to the complaint. He is described in court documents as the “brother-in-law of an adult friend of the alleged victim of the domestic violence incident.”
Phury’s next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 4.