Man Holds a Large Knife to a Man’s Throat at the Missoula Shelter
Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - On January 25, 2023, Missoula Police Department Officers were responding to the Johnson Street Warming Shelter for reports of a male who threatened people with a knife. Officers were unable to locate the suspect at the Warming Shelter, but witnesses and victims gave a description of the suspect.
An officer spoke to multiple witnesses involved. One witness said the suspect male, later identified as Sean Ross, came into the shelter with a blade. The witness told Ross that he needed to check the blade. Ross checked the weapon, hung out for about an hour, and then came back and got his knife. Ross then went out to the courtyard where the assault allegedly occurred.
One victim, John Doe, was interviewed and his first statement was “He tried to kill me literally” and “he put it to my throat and everything.” Doe explained that Ross came right up to him with the knife, put it to his throat and said, “I’ll kill you.” Doe further reported that he had to defend himself to keep from being stabbed. Doe also said he was “scared for my life.” Two other witnesses corroborated Doe’s explanation of what occurred.
It was also determined that Ross may have left the scene via the Mountain Line buses. Officers gave an alert to Mountain Line Bus, who said Ross recently got on the bus and was dropped off at Higgins Avenue and 6th Street.
Another officer Kozlowski located Ross at a convenience store located at Orange Street and South First Street later in the evening. The officer positively identified Ross and noticed that Ross had a large, sheathed knife in his hand. The knife was determined to be approximately 17.5 inches long and had a 12-inch blade.
Officers placed Ross under arrest. While being transported to the jail, Ross made statements indicating he was at the Warming Shelter, had a knife, and was in an altercation.
Ross is currently being charged with one count of felony assault with a weapon. On January 26, 2023, Ross made his initial appearance in Missoula Justice Court and his bond was set at $10,000.
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