Anthony Patrick Turner

Anthony Patrick Turner

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A Missoula man faces a felony charge after prosecutors say he threatened his girlfriend’s father with a broken beer bottle.

Anthony Patrick Turner, 26, was arrested Saturday and made his initial appearance in Missoula County Justice Court on Tuesday, charged with felony assault with a weapon.

According to a court affidavit, officers with the University of Montana Police Department responded to the Craighead and Sisson apartment complex on July 2 after a disturbance was reported in which the alleged victim said Turner had threatened him.

The man said he had come over to his daughter’s residence to help her move out after Turner, her boyfriend, said she needed to leave. The father and daughter were loading her possessions into his vehicle when Turner arrived and grabbed a decorative beer bottle from the trunk he said belonged to him, according to a court affidavit.

Turner allegedly broke the bottle on the bumper of the man’s car, then charged at him with a piece of the broken bottle in his hand. 

The girlfriend allegedly intervened and prevented Turner from reaching her father.

Turner denied having broken the bottle on the car, telling officers it had broken when the alleged victim closed the trunk when he was trying to remove it, and that he and the man had only been "chest bumping."

In court on Tuesday, deputy county attorney Brittany Santorno requested that Turner's bail be set at $10,000. Acting Justice of the Peace Colin Stephens set it at $5,000 and forbid Turner from possessing weapons or having contact with his alleged victim.

At the request of the girlfriend, Stephens allowed Turner to have contact with her and their child.

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for The Missoulian.