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Man arrested after allegedly threatening another man with knife

Crime Watch

POCATELLO — A 35-year-old Pocatello man was arrested and charged with a felony over the weekend after allegedly threatening another man with a knife.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by the Pocatello Police Department, officers responded on Saturday at 2:40 a.m. to the area of 200 North Union Pacific Avenue regarding a man threatening another man with a knife.

The officer detained the man, later identified as Jonathon William Whitmer.

“I searched his person and located a knife in his right pocket,” the officer said in court documents.

Officers interviewed witnesses on the scene. The victim told police that Whitmer had threatened him with a knife. He said he was “fearful” that Whitmer would act violently, and felt he had to protect himself.

Documents do not say what led to the events or how the victim protected himself.

Whitmer is on a $5,000 bond in the Bannock County Jail and was issued a no-contact order against the victim. He was charged with aggravated assault.

According to Idaho state law, an aggravated assault charge is punishable up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Whitmer is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 21 at 10:30 a.m. in Bannock County Magistrate Court.

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