A 19-year-old La Quinta resident who allegedly got into a heated argument with a man at a restaurant, then followed the man to his home and threatened him with a gun, pleaded not guilty to charges of brandishing a firearm and making criminal threats.
Shawn Barnard is accused of brandishing a handgun at a man in the front yard of the victim’s La Quinta home on July 16 after following him from a nearby In-N-Out Burger.
Barnard allegedly got into an argument with the unidentified man at the restaurant, then followed the man to his home in the area of Sanita and Seeley drives and brandished “a black semi-auto handgun,” according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. David Smith, who said “the altercation was captured on a neighbor’s security camera.”
The nature of the argument was not disclosed by the sheriff’s department, but court documents state that the victim had argued with Barnard and his friends in the past for “driving recklessly around the neighborhood” near his home, “revving their engines and burning out in the roadway.”
Barnard was arrested in August, but was released from custody on $20,000 bail, according to county jail records. He’s due back in court Jan. 4 for a felony settlement conference.
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