Eric Martin Wilkins

Eric Martin Wilkins

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A Missoula man who allegedly threw a horseshoe at a woman has been charged with a felony.

On Wednesday, police were sent to a mobile home on the 1700 block of Cooley Street after a woman reported that Eric Wilkins, 31, had been abusing her and destroying property at her home.

Police found the woman hiding behind a van outside the trailer. Officers said they heard yelling and the sounds of things being broken coming from inside the trailer.

The woman told officers Wilkins had become more and more violent over the past weeks, and that she eventually locked him out. He allegedly broke windows and pushed a wall-mounted air conditioning unit into the trailer, which hit the woman’s daughter in the arm, according to court documents.

When she left the home after calling police, Wilkins reportedly threw a horseshoe at the woman, which bounced off the wall of the trailer and hit her in the back. Wilkins reportedly then went inside the trailer and locked the woman out.

Police found broken windows, holes in the wall, a pitchfork stuck into a door and varied broken pieces of property in the trailer, but Wilkins was not there. Officers returned the next day when it was reported Wilkins had come back.

He allegedly refused to leave the residence when told to do so, going as far as calling 911 to allegedly threaten the officers that he was ready to “go to war,” according to his charging documents.

He was arrested after running from the trailer, and is charged with a felony for assault with a weapon, and misdemeanors for partner or family member assault, criminal mischief and obstructing a peace officer.

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for the Missoulian.