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Man arrested after armed disturbance

Thursday, January 17, 2013 | 2:03 p.m. CST; updated 4:24 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 17, 2013

COLUMBIA — A 39-year-old man was arrested by police underneath an overpass after an armed disturbance and police pursuit on Wednesday night.

A 22-year-old woman and a 35-year-old woman told police the suspect, who said he had come to a residence on Argyle Drive pick up his girlfriend and child, was driving recklessly. The victims told him to stop the car, which made him angry, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

The victims said the suspect pulled a handgun from his pants pocket and held it into the side of one of the victims. One of the women ran into the residence, and the other victim closed the door. The suspect pointed the handgun through the glass of the door at the head of one of the victims, the release said.

The suspect then fled the scene in a vehicle, which was found at the Red Roof Inn. Officers learned the owner of the car was staying in room 230, according to the release. A handgun was found in the room.

As officers approached the room, the suspect left his room and jumped off the second floor balcony. He ran toward Interstate 70 and was apprehended under the overpass at I-70 and Providence Road.

Officers arrested Quincy Avant and charged him with two counts of armed criminal action, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of third degree assault and one count of resisting arrest.

Supervising editor is Karen Miller.


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