Worthington man arrested in threatening incident

WORTHINGTON — Kham Sysavath, 39, was arrested on charges of possession of ammunition and a firearm after conviction of a violent crime, as well as intentionally pointing a gun at another person.

Officers responded Wednesday evening to a report that a man was threatening another man with a gun outside a residence. When they arrived on the scene, they found Sysavath in the basement of the residence. Sysavath was apprehended and the home searched.

In the basement, officers discovered a 9-mm handgun with a bullet in the chamber, along with an additional magazine. A witness said he saw Sysavath threaten another person with the firearm, which is when the witness called 911.

The witness also said that Sysavath struggles with mental illness, and his behavior is often erratic. The witness told law enforcement that he fears Sysavath, because "he gets mad easily and is unpredictable," according to the criminal complaint.

The alleged victim told law enforcement that he hadn't seen Sysavath's hands or a gun during the encounter.


Sysavath was previously convicted of felony assault in 2001, which is why he is legally prohibited from possessing a firearm.

If convicted, he faces 15 years in prison and/or a $30,000 fine.

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