It's a controversial criminal charge that has a lot of people scratching their heads. A Malta resident has been charged by police with threatening two individuals who were on his property.

According to a published media report,  on September 9th, DeKalb County Sheriff's deputies say they received a report that Robert Phillips, 34, of Malta, had threatened two people on his property. Roberts lives along Rt 38.  Deputies said that the nature of the alleged threat was that:

 Phillips told the two to get off his property and that he was going to go get a gun.

There was no indication as to whether a gun was displayed or whether Phillips actually retrieved a weapon

Police arrested Phillips on charges of disorderly conduct and assault. Here is a list of his charges from the DeKalb Circuit Clerk website:

DeKalb County Sheriff's Police Charge Homeowner With Threatening Intruders
DeKalb Circuit Clerk


Granted, we don't know all the circumstances of what transpired as police have not offered more details. The incident has a lot of people discussing if the arrest was justified.

Some questions people are asking:

  • Did DeKalb County Sheriff's Police overreact?
  • Is a homeowner justified in using a verbal threat against intruders on this property?
  • Did the homeowner go overboard in threatening to "go get a gun"?
  • Is a verbal threat considered an assault?

Share your thoughts below.


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