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Arrest in axe incident

A San Juan Ridge man is in jail after allegedly threatening his female neighbor with an axe on her mother’s property on the 20000 block of Cruzon Grade Road on the San Juan Ridge, a sheriff’s official said Wednesday.

Gary Perkins, 47, accused the woman Tuesday afternoon of having her boyfriend beat him up, Nevada County Sheriff’s Lt. Frank Koehler said. Perkins and the woman live in separate units on the same property, he said.

As Perkins walked toward the woman and threatened to kill her, he picked up the axe, Koehler said.



He came close enough to her to do some damage with the axe, Koehler said, though the woman reported he did not swing the weapon at her.

The woman backed up for a while, then was able to trip Perkins with a wooden two-by-four, run to the neighbor’s phone and call 911, Koehler said.




When deputies arrived, they determined Perkins had an outstanding local warrant for his arrest for failing to appear to court on the previous charge of displaying a weapon in a threatening manner.

Perkins was arrested on suspicion of violation of probation, felony criminal threats and assault with a deadly weapon.

He is being held at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility without bail, Koehler said.

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To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@theunion.com or call 477-4236.


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