Tahlequah Daily Press

June 12, 2013

Man charged in apartment burglary

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Prosecutors have formally charged a Tahlequah man with several felonies after he allegedly forced his way into an apartment in May and assaulted two people.

James Dustin Armontrout, 33, is accused of first-degree burglary, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of feloniously pointing a firearm, reckless conduct with a firearm, domestic abuse-assault and battery, and malicious injury to property under $1,000.

Prosecutors allege Armontrout broke into an apartment at Pleasant View Apartments May 15. A man and woman were both home at the time, and Armontrout allegedly struck the man in the face with a Glock handgun.

Armontrout also allegedly held the loaded gun to the temple of the man and to the back of the woman’s head to threaten them or with the intention of firing the gun. Court documents allege Armontrout told the male victim he “should kill you right now.”

Armontrout struck the female victim – his ex-girlfriend – in the face repeatedly, court documents allege. Prosecutors claim Armontrout eventually fired the gun three times, though no one was hit by the shots.

According to police, Armontrout later called an off-duty officer and said he needed help. Police arrived and found Armontrout carrying a shirt with a bloody pistol wrapped inside of it.

Armontrout allegedly told police he had injured a friend at the apartments.