Man, 70, Points Gun at 4 People Over 'Past Relationship'

He was arrested and charged with stalking, aggravated assualt and making threats in connection with incident in Cartersville.

James Edward Stephens, 70, of Country Lane, Cartersville. Credit: Bartow County Sheriff's Office
James Edward Stephens, 70, of Country Lane, Cartersville. Credit: Bartow County Sheriff's Office
A Cartersville man who said he knew he wasn't allowed on the property of a Rolling Hills Drive home went there anyway and allegedly pointed a gun at four people and threatened to kill them.

The four said James Edward Stephens, 70, of Country Lane, knocked on the door Wednesday about 8:30 p.m. and asked if a 20-year-old woman was there, according to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office incident report, above.

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Stephens told deputies he knew about a criminal trespass warning against him for the residence, but wanted to talk to the woman about a "past relationship."

Police spotted Stephens at a nearby convenience store and say he had a silver or chrome, double barrel, .22 magnum handgun loaded with two .22 magnum bullets in his pants pocket. He said he went to the home and argued with several people because his business was only with the 20-year-old woman.

The four told authorities a different story, according to the report.

"They said while they were trying to make (Stephens) leave the property he was yelling and cussing at them in a very irate and loud tone. They said at one point (Stephens) said, 'Every one of you will die. Just (expletive) with me and see what happens.' They all said (Stephens) was pointing at each of them while he yelled, but it wasn't until he reached his car that they noticed he had a gun in his hand," a deputy wrote in the report. "Each person described the double barreled handgun to me that (Stephens) had and it matched the gun that I took from (Stephens') left front pocket. 

"They said while he was yelling at them, even after they noticed it and told him to put it away, he continued to point it at each of them separately. They said at that time they went back inside because they were afraid he was going to shoot them." 

One of the victims captured video of the incident on her mobile phone, which shows Stephens pointing his hand at each one of them and saying, "All of you will die," the report says.

The 20-year-old woman was not home during the incident, but later told police she had received eight to 10 calls from Stephens that day, but only answered two. She said she told him not to call or contact her anymore.

Stephens was arrested and charged with four counts of making terroristic threats, four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, criminal trespass, stalking and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime. 

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J D Fowler December 03, 2013 at 09:03 AM
We don't know both sides of this story. I know for a fact there are young women up there taking older men for every dime and gifts they can get out of the men and then run off and ignore them. Most are even married or have a mother involved with the scam. Stupid all the way around!
stutterbutter December 09, 2013 at 03:08 PM
No matter the other side of the story he had no right to pull a gun and threaten to kill people!!


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