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Police: Idaho Falls man arrested after pointing rifle at bar patrons

Posted at 12:47 PM, Mar 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-02 14:47:18-05

Idaho Falls Police have arrested a 58?year?old man after he allegedly pointed a rifle at a number of bar patrons.

Martin Knowles of Idaho Falls was booked into the Bonneville County Jail for aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence, and criminal trespass after police say he caused an incident at the Roadhouse Saloon.

According to reports, officers responded to the bar at 1680 N. Lindsay Blvd. around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a fight in progress.

Officers arrived and made contact with Knowles, who was laying on the ground near the front door.

Witnesses told officers Knowles had been in the bar earlier, but had been asked to leave after causing an argument with a patron. Knowles left, then returned about an hour later with a rifle –- which he began pointing at everyone in the bar, police said.

Some of the patrons confronted Knowles, punched him, and were able to wrestle the rifle away from him.

Knowles was also found in possession of a handgun, according to officers.