At around 9:30 a.m. Friday, Missoula police officers were called to a disturbance in the 800 block of Hazel Street. The caller said he neighbored the residence and could hear sounds of physical violence and screaming coming through the walls.

“The officers responded,” Welsh said. “However, on the way there they learned that 28-year-old Marcus Rushfeldt was associated with this residence and he had a current outstanding felony warrant. When the officers arrived, they made contact with a female at the front door who initially told them there was no problem going on and there was nobody else in the home.”

According to Welsh, officers saw Rushfeldt in the residence and took him into custody for an outstanding warrant.

“The follow up investigation revealed that Mr. Rushfeldt had also stolen the female’s wallet and there had been a disturbance where the female reported she was assaulted,” Welsh said. “She also reported that Mr. Rushfeldt had made demands of her under threat of harm to her 12-year-old son. Mr. Rushfeldt was arrested and taken to jail. He is being held on a count of felony intimidation, misdemeanor theft, deceptive practices, which is a felony in this case, first offense partner or family member assault, and the outstanding warrant.”

According to court documents, officers observed physical injuries to the woman. The woman said before officers arrived, she and Rushfeldt were in the bedroom and before she answered the door, Rushfeldt said, “Don’t tell them anything, don’t tell them I am here, make them go away, or I’ll hurt your kid.” Rushfeldt denied becoming physical with the woman and said she must have obtained her injuries be falling. Rushfeldt also told officers he withdrew $500 from the woman’s account and attempted to buy drugs at a local casino.

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