POSTED: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 10:39am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 9:39pm
ALAMAGORDO, N.M. — A 75-year-old Alamogordo man suspected of using a handgun to threaten an automobile salesperson was arrested Tuesday afternoon.
John Healy, of Alamogordo, N.M., is charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Police responded to Borman Automotive at 470 W. Boutz Rd. where the first-arriving officer located Healy behind the wheel of a white Honda Odyssey. Healy was taken into custody without further incident.
Detectives learned that Healy traveled from Alamogordo to collect money owed to him by the salesman. When the salesman met with Healy in the parking lot, he noticed that the 75-year-old was holding a handgun on his lap with the barrel pointing in his direction.
The two exchanged words and the salesman attempted to grab the gun from Healy. Healy kept possession of the firearm and pulled back the gun’s hammer before the salesman went into the dealership to call 911.
Officers located Healy’s handgun, a .45 caliber semi-automatic, in the glove compartment of his vehicle.
Healy was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $5,000.
In response to the incident, Borman Autoplex of Las Cruces released a statement saying, "Healy's issue was a personal matter between him and an employee of the dealership, and had nothing to do with any business transaction involving the Borman Autoplex of Las Cruces."