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Monroe man charged with assault by pointing a gun

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Spencer Lynn Joy, 58, of Monroe

Originally published: Jul. 12, 2013
Last modified: Jul. 12, 2013

Adam Orr

A Monroe man was arrested Wednesday night in downtown West Jefferson after allegedly pointing a gun and yelling at bystanders, according to West Jefferson Chief of Police Jeff Rose.

On July 10, Spencer Lynn Joy, 58, of Monroe, was charged by the West Jefferson Police Department with two counts of assault by pointing a gun, possession of firearm by felon, and resisting public officer.

According to Rose, officers received a call at approximately 9:30 p.m. July 10 that a man was inside Perry’s Gold Mine located at 4. N Jefferson Avenue.

“The callers said a man in his underwear, inside the building, with a knife and a gun, had gotten into a verbal confrontation with them,” Rose said. “They called it in as a robbery.”

WJPD Officer Nathan Cox arrived on scene, drew his weapon and approached the building, according to his report, and took cover behind white a Dodge pickup.

Rose said Cox noticed a white male walking away from the window inside the building wearing nothing except his boxers, and holding an object in his right hand. The man later walked to the rear of the building and disappeared behind a large green curtain, according to the report.

Ashe County Sheriff’s Deputies and North Carolina State Troopers arrived on scene shortly, and authorities entered the building, where they allegedly found Joy sitting on the bed with a knife next to him, according to Rose.

“He failed to comply with their commands, and they brought the suspect to the ground, and found a silver 44 magnum revolver under the bed,” Rose said.

According to Rose, Joy said he was visiting the shop’s owner in order to help him with tasks that needed to be done inside the building.

Joy remains in the Ashe County Detention Center on $7,500 secured bond.
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