Man convicted of Class 2 felony after pointing a gun at a person over a dog dispute at York rest area

YORK – Bobby D. Grace Jr., 51, of Westphalia, Indiana, has been convicted of a Class 2 felony after pointing a gun at another person at the eastbound Interstate 80 rest area in York County, during a dispute about whether or not a dog needed to be on a leash.

He was initially charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, a Class 1D felony. Grace changed his plea to no contest, this week in York County District Court, upon the charge being amended to a Class 2 felony.

A sergeant with the York County Sheriff’s Department was on regular patrol on Interstate 80 when York County Communications said a man was reporting Grace had “pointed a gun at him at the eastbound rest area in York County and threatened to kill him over a dispute regarding the man’s dog being off its leash. The reporting person said Grace left at a high rate of speed and was traveling in a silver SUV, wearing camouflage clothes and he had a scruffy beard. The reporting man followed the vehicle at a distance, keeping dispatch updated on the location.”

The sergeant saw the vehicle leave the interstate and a Seward County deputy followed as well. A traffic stop was conducted at the intersection of 420 Road and A Street in Seward County.

The sergeant says in court documents that the male occupant of the vehicle matched the reporting party’s description. He was read his rights and agreed to talk with the deputies.

Deputies said Grace told them he had gotten “into a verbal altercation with a man at the rest area over his dog not being on a leash. He denied the part about the gun. He said the gun was concealed between the center console and his leg and it fell down by his feet when he was arguing with the other man and he grabbed it while his wife told him to put it away.”

Meanwhile, the reporting person said Grace had been yelling at him about the dog, then walked “back to his vehicle, retrieved the gun and approached him, pulled the gun out of a holster and pointed it at him. He threatened to kill him and the dog while the distance between them was about 10 feet. It should be noted (the reporting person) described the gun and holster which matched the description of what was later located in grace’s vehicle.”

During a search of the Grace vehicle, a methamphetamine pipe and a cannister with residue were found in a bag under his legs.

Deputies also noted Grace told them he was a convicted felon from a case 20 years prior and he is prohibited from possessing a firearm based on his active status as a felon.

He will be sentenced on March 25. He is facing a maximum sentence of 1-50 years in prison.



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