WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man faces charges related to allegedly brandishing a gun at a Worthington bar and fleeing before law enforcement arrived.
Simon Gebrehiwot, 19, faces felony threats of violence — brandishing a firearm; felony terroristic threats — display replica of firearm; carrying BB gun in a public place, a gross misdemeanor; and fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.
According to the criminal complaint filed Monday in Nobles County District Court, law enforcement was called to the A&T Tap around 1:30 a.m. July 14 for the report of a man who had brandished a gun. Upon arrival, an officer witnessed two males running through the alleyway towards the Hotel Thompson apartments. The officer witnessed one male, later identified as Gebrehiwot, throw a gun to the ground before running to the apartment building. The gun was identified as a black Crossman BB gun.
The second individual — a juvenile known to law enforcement — seen running was stopped by law enforcement. The juvenile stated that Gebrehiwot asked him to come to The Tap with him to "help him before he did something stupid." The juvenile claimed that another guy had his gun out, but didn't know the person's name.
Witnesses told officers that Gebrehiwot was drunk and became more aggressive toward a group of older men he'd been arguing with. Gebrehiwot reportedly began showing a weapon tucked into his front waistband.
Gebrehiwot couldn't immediately be found. Around 4 a.m. a 911 text was received by dispatch regarding his whereabouts. He was apprehended in a Hotel Thompson unit and transported to the Nobles County Jail.
Gebrehiwot's conditional bail was scheduled at $50,000 and his unconditional at $100,000.
According to his criminal record, Gebrehiwot has been previously convicted twice of aggravated robbery and possession of a pistol/assault weapon in 2015 and 2017 cases. He's also been convicted of motor vehicle theft and causing substantial bodily harm after striking a man and a young child with the vehicle. The young child sustained a hand injury.