Duff man garners stallking and assault charges

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By Charlotte Underwood

A Duff man found himself behind bars after he allegedly made threats and pointed a handgun at a Jellico woman.

Walter A. Stanford, 69, of 516 Habersham Road, Duff, was arrested on June 9 for harassing and threatening to kill a Jellico woman, according to a Jellico Police Department (JPD) report.

Jellico Police Officer David Douglas was dispatched to the victim’s residence after the victim reported Stanford had pointed a handgun at her and threatened to kill her, the JPD report said.

When Douglas arrived on the scene, he found a gold 2008 Chevy Malibu parked in the middle of the roadway about 75 yards from the victim’s location with Stanford sitting inside, according to the citation report.

The victim allegedly said Stanford told her she would have to leave sometime and he would wait for her, Douglas said in his report.

When Douglas asked Stanford if he was armed, he replied there was a handgun in the trunk of his vehicle, the report said. Douglas then obtained permission to search the vehicle and found a Bryco Arms, model .380-caliber handgun, and one magazine with five rounds of .380 ammo. The gun was nickel plated and silver in color, according to the report.

Douglas spoke with the victim, who described Stanford, his vehicle and the silver handgun, which he had allegedly pointed at her. Stanford was arrested and charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, evading arrest, stalking and assault.

He has been released on $2,500 bond and has a court date set for July 24.