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Man Accused Of Pointing AR-15 At Couple

Posted On January 16, 2018

By Mike Perleberg

Russell D. Cronk. Photo by Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department.

(Aurora, Ind.) – An argument over smoking inside an apartment led a man to allegedly point a semi-automatic rifle at his son and his son’s girlfriend.

Aurora Police responded to a business on Importing Street on December 29 where they met by a man who told them that his father, Russell D. Cronk, pointed an AR-15 at each of them at the home they shared on the 200 block of John Street, according to a court affidavit.

The girlfriend soon arrived at the business. She told police she and Russell had been arguing over minor things throughout the day, but when she asked Russell not to smoke inside the home, he retrieved an AR-15 and pointed it directly at her.

The male victim responded by grabbing a hunting rifle and pointing it at Cronk, who then pointed the AR 15 toward him.

The victims told police the situation deescalated when Cronk put down his gun.

After speaking with the victims, police went to the John Street home. They were able to talk Cronk to coming out of the residence. During a pat down, police located a bullet in Cronk’s pants pocket.

Cronk advised that the woman was gathering things to move out of the home. He grabbed the AR-15 so she would not take it. Cronk claimed he only pointed the gun at the alleged male victim after he had pointed another gun at him.

While being booked into jail at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center, Cronk was allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana oil.

Cronk, 49, is charged with two counts of Pointing a Firearm (level 6 felony) and a single count of Possession of Marijuana (class B misdemeanor).

During a January 2 initial hearing in Dearborn Superior Court I, a judge took Cronk’s bail amount under advisement and ordered him to have no contact with his son or his son’s girlfriend. A jury trial was scheduled for June 11.