Missoula tire-slashing suspect held on $50K bond | Local News

A Missoula man was arrested on suspicion of slashing auto tires all all around city Wednesday morning and holding a knife to a woman’s throat. 

Jason D. Simonetti, 36, appeared in Missoula County Justice Court docket Thursday afternoon on an assault with a weapon cost and felony mischief charge, both of those felonies. He is also billed with a misdemeanor rely of bodily injury assault. 

Missoula police acquired studies of an intoxicated driver on Wednesday, considered to be Simonetti. Additional stories came in accusing Simonetti of slashing tires in the vicinity of the 700 block of West Central Avenue, a news release from the Missoula Police Section stated. 

A female who was in the car or truck with Simonetti at the time of the suspected incidents and documented his habits as being abusive and intense, stated she witnessed him slashing tires in the area close to the county fairgrounds and Lions Park, the launch reported.

At about 10 p.m., the lady called 911. She noted that Simonetti was at her property, and that he experienced been physically and emotionally abusive about the past handful of times. She mentioned Simonetti had picked her up Wednesday morning even though intoxicated. He then drove all over town slashing tires. She recalled him stabbing the tires of at the very least five independent automobiles with a massive switchblade knife, Missoula County charging documents reported. 

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Regulation enforcement mentioned the woman had obvious injuries, which she attributed to Simonetti physically abusing her by throwing her into the floor and partitions. She also claimed he experienced “choked” her several occasions with both equally hands, charging files claimed.

At one particular level when the two were in the car or truck collectively on Wednesday, Simonetti held a knife to her throat in a way she believed was a joke, but she claimed it terrified her, paperwork mentioned. Two knives had been found by law enforcement that matched the descriptions the lady gave as the weapons Simonetti applied when he threatened her and when he was slashing tires. 

Missoula police are at this time mindful of 3 vehicles with tires punctured by Simonetti, the law enforcement department release explained. If any individual has any other facts with regards to this incident, or if their automobile was ruined, get in touch with Detective Jesse Potter at 406-552-6327. 

When officials spoke with Simonetti, he denied producing a knife in a threatening or joking fashion to the woman. He mentioned he would never do everything like that, and was upset that she experienced noted the alleged incident to law enforcement. He included he has endured multiple traumatic mind accidents that have impaired his memory. Simonetti’s mother spoke with officials and corroborated her son’s traumatic brain harm, expressing it will make him a “hazard.” She was relieved he is in custody, charging paperwork explained. 

At Simonetti’s original appearance on Thursday afternoon, state prosecution stated the girl included in the incident is “absolutely terrified of the defendant,” and requested bail be established at $75,000. 

When addressing the courtroom, Simonetti expressed remorse and asked for support with dealing with the material abuse troubles he is enduring. 

Justice of the Peace Landee Holloway set bail at $50,000, and essential Simonetti to consume no liquor or prescription drugs. He was also requested to have no contact with the victims and is prohibited from owning weapons in his possession. His arraignment was established for Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. in Missoula County District Court. 

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