Couple arrested for allegedly threatening nephew
A local man and his wife were arrested Sunday after allegedly confronting their nephew while armed with handguns during an argument between multiple family members.
Willie E. Haire, 44, and his wife, Anna Marcella Dewey, 38, who both list the same Jackpot Lane address, were taken into custody shortly before 2:30 p.m. with Haire charged with a felony count of aggravated assault on a family or household member and Dewey charged with a felony count of aggravated assault, both punishable by up to six years in prison, and both charged with a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.
Haire and Dewey, neither of whom list any felony history, were later released on $3,000 bond each and are set to appear March 14 in Garland County
According to the probable cause affidavit, shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday, Hot Springs police Officers James Yerina and Cristian Rios and Cpl. Taylor Gates responded to the area of Cherokee Street and Oakcliff Alley regarding a reported disturbance involving firearms.
The officers located the disturbance behind a residence in the 300 block of Alcorn Street involving multiple family members and they made contact with one male, 34, who stated he had been at the residence “attempting to help clean it” after a relative had passed away.
An argument began between multiple family members at the scene and at one point, the man’s uncle, identified as Haire, drove up in a black Chevrolet Tahoe with his wife, the man’s aunt, identified as Dewey, as a passenger.
The man alleges Haire and Dewey got out of the Tahoe and “immediately pulled out firearms.” He said Haire pointed a gun at his head while Dewey held her firearm “down at her side.”
Haire approached Gates and told him his gun was back in the holster at his side and allowed officers to retrieve it. It was identified as a Beretta Storm .45-caliber handgun. Dewey initially refused to tell officers the location of her firearm, but finally told them it was inside the residence on a sofa.
Officers were escorted inside by other family members and were able to retrieve the firearm, identified as a Beretta Storm 9-mm handgun.
Haire allegedly admitted to officers he pointed the handgun at his nephew because he believed he was at the scene to fight with Haire’s other nephews. Gates spoke to the nephew’s mother who reportedly confirmed she saw her brother, Haire, drive up with his wife and both pulled out guns, noting Haire pointed the gun at her son while Dewey held hers at her side.
Officers spoke to other family members at the scene who witnessed the incident and their statements reportedly matched the details provided by the nephew and his mother. The nephew indicated he wanted to file charges so both Haire and Dewey were taken into custody without further incident.