TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Court documents filed in the arrest of a Terre Haute 18-year-old are revealing details about the situation near Haute City Center that involved gunshots fired from a vehicle last week.
According to court documents filed in the case against 18-year-old X’Zadrien R. Owens, the incident began after he and Jaylee Branson reportedly threatened a group of people at the mall. The group reportedly included Owen’s ex who police said had been granted a protective order against him in the past.
The incident, which occurred on September 27, reportedly happened when the victim and her friends ran into Owens and Branson at the Haute City Center. The victim told police that the two began yelling at her and her friends and that Branson had threatened to pepper spray them.
The group told police that during this back and forth Owens lifted his shirt to reveal a black handgun in his waistband and asked the group if they thought they were tough.
This run-in caused the group to leave the mall and get in the victim’s car. As they were in the parking lot waiting to leave, they said a vehicle, driven by Branson, pulled in front of theirs and prevented them from leaving.
At this time Branson reportedly displayed the pepper spray again before driving off.
As the group left the parking lot, they noticed the same vehicle was now following them onto Johnson Drive. As the vehicle was passing Union Street, the group told police they heard two gunshots come from the other vehicle which had turned down Union.
A nearby witness also told police that they heard the gunshots, and reported seeing the passenger of the vehicle still holding a gun out the passenger side window as the vehicle drove past.
Vigo County Jail records indicate that Owens was booked into the jail on September 29, the day after a warrant was issued by Vigo County Judge Christopher Newton for his arrest.
Owens is being held on a $25,000 bond with no 10% allowed. While Branson bonded out of jail on Sept. 29, after initially being held on a $10,000 bond with no 10% allowed.
According to court records Owens faces the following charges;
- Criminal recklessness (def. shoots a firearm into a building)
- A level 5 felony
- Intimidation (using a deadly weapon)
- A level 5 felony
- A level 6 felony
- Invasion of privacy – violates protective order
- A class A misdemeanor
Branson appeared in Vigo County Court on Monday where she was officially charged with criminal recklessness (aiding, inducing, or causing an offense), and intimidation.
Owens is scheduled to appear in Vigo County Court on Wednesday.