Court documents say that a man robbed two people at gunpoint on Jan. 2 in south Billings and was then wrestled to the ground and held by the men he tried to rob until police arrived to arrest him.
Frank Joey Half Jr. appeared on Monday in Yellowstone County Justice Court by video from the county jail, where Judge David Carter charged him with one felony count each of robbery, criminal endangerment and drug possession and a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon.
Carter set Half’s bond at $7,500 and ordered him to appear in District Court on Jan. 12.
According to the charging documents, a man later identified as Half walked up to two men collecting minnows from a creek near the Burger King off of King Avenue East and said the area belonged to him and that he was duck hunting.
Half then fired a round in their direction and followed them to the Burger King parking lot when they walked away, the affidavit states.
The documents go on to say that he pointed the gun at the two men’s abdomens and asked if they had money, and when the men offered to buy him a hamburger and hand over cigarettes instead, Half took the cigarettes and demanded money.
One of the men grabbed the barrel of the rifle, which was hidden up Half’s sleeve, and they both wrestled Half to the ground and called police, holding him on the ground until officers arrived.
Upon his arrest, jail staff found a baggie on Half that contained what is believed to be methamphetamine, according to charging documents.