Man arrested for threatening friend with gun


An Idaho Falls man was arrested Friday after he reportedly threatened two people with a handgun. 

Ryan Daniel Benns, 23, was arraigned Monday in Bonneville County Courthouse and charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill.

Benns had arranged an agreement to exchange his motorcycle for his friend Kevin Johnson’s truck. Johnson later received a call that the truck had been towed. Benns, who said he could not afford to pay the towing company, told Johnson he could do what he wanted with the truck, according to a case report by Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Prescott Sagers.

Johnson took this to mean he regained ownership of the truck. Johnson told investigators he was shopping Friday when he saw Benns. After leaving the store, he again saw Benns in the parking lot. Benns pointed to a nearby lot, which Johnson understood to mean he wanted to talk.

Johnson told Sagers he knew Benns owned a gun and was nervous. Johnson left and was followed by Benns. Johnson said Benns pulled up next to him and pointed a pistol at him and another passenger.

Benns said when he followed Johnson, his friend swerved toward him, and that he responded by yelling at Johnson. Benns denied pointing a pistol at Johnson or the other passenger and denied owning the gun. Sagers searched Benns’ car with permission and found a semi-automatic pistol under the passenger seat.

Benns’s bond was set at $30,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 8. Aggravated assault is punishable with up to five years in prison.

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