Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Spouse, Officers Pleads Not Guilty

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – A man who allegedly threatened to kill both his spouse and police officers with a box cutter last month made his initial appearance in Hill County District Court on Monday.

Francisco D. Valencia, Jr., 45, pleaded not guilty to five charges, including two counts of felony intimidation and one count of felony assault with a weapon.

According to an affidavit filed on January 8th, Valencia arrived at his spouse’s apartment on the night of December 30th with a box cutter with a razor-type blade. Valencia threatened to kill the victim, who went to the police department to alert authorities.

Authorities later arrived at the residence to confront Valencia. Valencia shouted profanities at the officers and threatened to kill them. Valencia refused to open the door, but officers were eventually able to partially open it, at which point they Tased Valencia in his left leg. Officers then arrested Valencia and transported him to the Hill County Detention Center.

This incident came nine days after Valencia had been arrested and later released on a charge of Partner or Family Member Assault.

Valencia remains in the Hill County Detention Center on bonds totaling $80,000.

No future court dates have been set.


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