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Suspect fires gun, threatens to kill man at Lowell apartment complex, records allege
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Suspect fires gun, threatens to kill man at Lowell apartment complex, records allege

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A Lowell squad car is parked outside an apartment complex near the corner of Burr Street and Driftwood Drive

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LOWELL — A man initially refused to exit his residence when police arrived after a shot was fired at a Lowell apartment complex Saturday evening. 

Anthony H. Garcia, 26, of Lowell faces charges of intimidation, possession of an altered firearm, criminal recklessness and pointing a firearm, according to the Superior Court of Lake County. 

Around 6:30 p.m., a woman went to visit her brother at his residence in the 1600 block of Crestwood Drive, court records said. 

As she and others were outside her brother's apartment, Garcia allegedly began yelling that he was going to "beat her (expletive)" from his balcony in the apartment complex. 

The woman told police that there was bad blood between her and Garcia's girlfriend concerning their shared work history. Her brother told Garcia to stop and the two men exchanged words, the court reports said. 

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Next, Garcia went in his apartment and emerged with a handgun, which he allegedly began to wave around. Garcia told the man, "(Expletive) you. I'll kill you," before he fired a shot that hit the ground near him, court reports stated. No one was injured in the incident, police said. 

As the man ducked for cover, Garcia went back inside his apartment and officers were called to the scene. At first, Garcia refused to exit his apartment as instructed by officers, police said. However, he was taken into custody shortly after. 

Inside Garcia's apartment, police found a loaded handgun with its serial numbers obliterated, as well as marijuana and drug paraphernalia, court reports said. 

Garcia is being held without bond, said Lowell Chief of Police James Woestman. Lowell police were assisted by officers from St. John, Lake County Sheriff's Department and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, he said. 

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Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194, anna.ortiz@nwi.com

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