I.F. man arrested for pointing gun at ex-wife


An Idaho Falls man was arrested Tuesday evening after he reportedly threatened his ex-wife with a rifle.

David Pena, 46, was staying with his ex-wife when the two began to argue. The woman told him to leave, and called the Behavioral Health Crisis Center to see if they could provide him a room, according to an affidavit by Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brad Troyer.

When Pena refused to leave, his ex-wife threatened to call the police. Pena then agreed to leave, but his ex-wife asked to search his bags first, and found several prescription medications and accused him of stealing them.

After another argument, Pena left the room and returned with a rifle that he pointed at his ex-wife’s head. The woman yelled to her daughters to call the police.

Pena then attempted to flee the house. One of her daughters attempted to block the entrance, but Pena pushed past her. Pena then attempted to steal his ex-wife’s car, but was stopped by her other daughter who pulled him out of the vehicle and took his phone and car keys, according to Troyer’s affidavit.

One of the daughters told investigators that she confronted Pena about threatening her mother with the rifle, and he told her it wasn’t loaded. Pena waited until deputies arrived.

When interviewed, Pena denied pointing the gun at his wife, or that he tried to take her car.

Pena was charged with aggravated assault, and his bond was set at $50,000. A no-contact order was set between Pena and his ex-wife. Aggravated assault is punishable with up to five years in prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.