Scottsbluff Man Accused of Threatening Humane Society Staff with Handgun

Scottsbluff Man Accused of Threatening Humane Society Staff with Handgun
August 15th, 2022 | KNEB Staff

A Scottsbluff man is facing several felony charges for allegedly brandishing a handgun at employees of the Panhandle Humane Society over the weekend.

39-year-old Juan Carrera Jr. was arrested after Scottsbluff Police investigated the incident Sunday afternoon.

The employees told investigators they were outside the back door of PHS and heard what sounded like a gunshot, followed shortly by a male walking east on the pathway who pointed a silver-chrome handgun at them without saying a word.

A fourth witness told police he had heard what he thought was a gunshot and encountered the man holding a ‘nickel-plated gun’ while waking the pathway in the other direction, but there was no interaction between the two.

Officers say after they located the suspect later identified as Carrera, the man pulled a silver colored gun from his waist band, pointed it in the air, dropped it as ordered and was taken into custody without further incident.

Carrera is charged with three counts of terroristic threats, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, use of a firearm to commit a felony and possession of a stolen firearm.

He was slated to appear on the charges Monday afternoon in Scotts Bluff County Court.

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