A weapon indicated in a recent court case has been recovered by the Grand Falls-Windsor RCMP. Police received a call Tuesday morning from a young woman claiming she had been threatened at gunpoint, and officers spent a number of days searching for what was described by the victim as an assault rifle.
The accused, 26-year-old Christopher Antle, appeared in court on Friday morning. He was ordered by a judge to undergo a seven-day psychiatric assessment at the Waterford Hospital at the request of his lawyer.
Antle was arrested last Tuesday, June 12, after police received a call from the complainant. According to Corporal Chad Norman with the Grand Falls-Windsor RCMP, the incident occurred in Antle’s apartment on Main Street at around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. The complainant was apparently known to the accused.
Police obtained and executed a warrant on Tuesday to locate the weapon in question, and the house was cordoned off for a number of hours. According to Cpl. Norman, the officer who located the weapon, a gun matching the description of the victim was found in a wooded area on Thursday evening.
Antle is scheduled to appear in court again on June 26 after his assessment to answer to a number of charges including assault with a weapon, assault, without lawful excuse pointing a firearm, and without lawful excuse handing a firearm to wit an assault rifle. He is also being charged with two breaches of failure to comply with an undertaking.
According to court documents, this is not Antle’s first run-in with the authorities. He has received jail time on eight different charges since 2009, most recently in March 2011 for mischief relating to property.
The investigation into the matter is still ongoing.