Threats With Handgun Leads To Arrest

A Laurens man faces charges after Storm Lake Police early Wednesday morning investigated a report of a man threatening people at the Storm Lake Wal-Mart with a handgun.

Police allege 21-year-old Christian Eberle pointed a handgun with a green laser attached at two different people as they were leaving the store multiple times following a verbal altercation inside of the store. Eberle then fled in a car occupied by two other people. A broadcast was put out to be on the lookout for the vehicle and shortly before two a-m, Buena Vista County Deputies located and detained the vehicle and its occupants in Albert City.

All three occupants of the vehicle were returned to Storm Lake for questioning, with the vehicle impounded. Police seized a handgun from the car along with two high capacity magazines loaded with about 80 rounds of nine millimeter ammunition.

Eberle was charged with four counts of assault while displaying a dangerous weapon and one count of carrying weapons, all aggravated misdemeanors. He was jailed on a ten-thousand dollar bond.

Police say no injuries were reported. The two other occupants in the suspect vehicle were questioned and released. Police allege the initial argument at the Wal-Mart Store was connected to illegal drugs.

Police were assisted by the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office.