A total of $100,000 in bonds was set Wednesday for a man who allegedly threatened several people with a gun Monday in Redfield, and a woman in White Hall earlier in the month.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bonds after ruling prosecutors have probable cause to charge Russell Barton, 48, of Sheridan, with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of terroristic threatening.
In the incident at Redfield, two female employees of Phillips Family Medicine on Sheridan Road reported that as they arrived for work at around 8 a.m. on Monday, a red Dodge Dakota, driven by Barton, whom they knew as a patient, pulled in beside their car.
Redfield Police Detective Teri Patterson reported that Barton pleaded with one of the women to get into his vehicle, and the employees were aware that Barton had exhibited increasingly violent behavior since May. Barton began cursing both females, then walked to his vehicle where he got a handgun and started walking back toward the two women were. He then put the gun to his temple.
By this time, a third employee had arrived, and the three women tried to talk to Barton, who pointed the gun at one of them and said he would “kill the b…h and then himself,” according to the affidavit.
Barton was finally talked into giving the gun to one of the women, who turned it over to Dr. Phillips. The doctor returned the gun to Barton later that day.
When Barton was questioned, he said that he had been in a relationship with one of the female employees since January, and that relationship ended in May. He also said that he had been following the woman in Redfield and Sheridan trying to talk to her, and when he tried to talk to her Monday, he got angry because the second employee was there.
In the second incident, White Hall Police Lt. Mickey Buffkin reported that officers were contacted by the same employee Barton said he had been involved with. She said she was westbound on Sheridan Road when Barton passed her traveling east. He then turned around and began to follow her vehicle toward her house.
The woman said when she turned onto Boastwood Road, Barton used his vehicle to cut her off, rolled down his window and said “I should kill you b…h,” then pointed a gun at her, according to the affidavit.
Barton was ordered to have no contact with any of the employee at the doctor’s office until the case is settled.