A Missoula man appeared in Justice Court on Monday on a felony charge of assault with a weapon after allegedly threatening his landlord with a knife when she confronted him about not moving out of a Rattlesnake residence at the appointed time.
Missoula County Justice of the Peace John Odlin set bail at $5,000 for Daniel Joseph Silva, 50, who appeared in court in a wheelchair.
According to the charging documents, Silva and his landlord, Sandra Green, had agreed that he would move out of the home by 4 p.m. Friday.
Green came to the residence at 6 p.m., expecting her tenant to have moved out, and Silva was still there.
When Green approached him, Silva allegedly pulled a knife from his pocket and walked toward her saying, “What do you think of that?”
“She was terrified, backed away from Daniel and went back to her car to call 9-1-1,” the affidavit said.
When the Missoula Police Department responded to the residence, they found Silva sitting in the kitchen with two folding knives on the table.
According to the affidavit, Silva admitted pointing the larger of the two knives at the woman because he said “she was nagging him” about moving out.
When asked why he had laid out the knives, Silva responded that he displayed the weapons so there would be no surprises for responding officers.
“He agreed that his action could reasonably be considered a threat and stated that Green was probably scared,” the affidavit said.
In Justice Court, the prosecuting attorney said Green didn’t have a problem with the man being released.
Silva indicated he could stay at his sister’s home and wouldn’t return to the rental.
But his father requested to be heard in court, saying Silva doesn’t have a place to stay and cannot live with his family members. He said his son has a serious alcohol problem and would benefit from treatment for mental issues and alcohol addiction in a mental hospital.
“He feels like people are picking on him,” the father said.