A judge has ordered a $25,000 cash-only bond in the case of a man accused of threatening his estranged wife with a handgun.
Ryan T. Thorn, 33, Villa Ridge, is charged with one count of unlawful use of a weapon, a felony, and third-degree domestic assault, a misdemeanor.
Authorities said the charges stem from an incident early Friday, Aug. 9, at a home in Vista Court in Villa Ridge.
Deputies responded to the home shortly before 3 a.m. to a report from Thorn’s estranged wife who said she woke up to the noise of items being broken in the house and found Thorn in the kitchen.
The suspect allegedly pulled out a black handgun and made threats, and broke the victim’s cellphone. She was able to repair the phone and call 911 at which time Thorn left the house on foot with the gun, according to a sheriff’s office report.
Deputies took the woman and her two children to a safe location and began searching for the suspect with assistance from the Gateway Search and Rescue K-9 team and a Jefferson County K-9 unit. They searched a wooded area for several hours but did not locate Thorn.
At about 5:45 p.m. that day, deputies received information that Thorn had returned to the residence and they took him into custody without incident, the report states.
Thorn took deputies to a spot in the woods where he threw away the gun, according to the report.