Court documents: Man’s drunken comedy routine ends in arrest after weapons complaint

2014-03-10T18:36:00Z 2014-03-14T16:35:04Z Court documents: Man’s drunken comedy routine ends in arrest after weapons complaintGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

The County Attorney’s Office filed charges Monday against a man a prosecutor said became drunk on the night of his comedy routine at a West End bar and then, armed with six knives, rushed at the bar’s owner.

Nathan Martin Shike, 40, appeared in court on a charge of felony assault with a weapon and a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence.

Charging documents say that police responded to a weapons complaint at the Red Door Lounge, 3875 Grand Avenue, at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

There, officers spoke with the owner of the bar, who reported that Shike had performed a comedy routine earlier in the evening. The owner said that Shike had become extremely intoxicated and had to be cut off from service at 11:30 p.m., charging documents say.

The owner told police that when the bar closed he heard that Shike was outside, waving knives around, an affidavit states.

The owner reported he went out to check on what was happening. He said that Shike, who uses a wheelchair, said something about stabbing him and then rushed at him, court records state.

A man who identified himself as a bouncer told police he stepped in at that time and hit Shike in the head, knocking him to the ground, to protect the owner, charging documents state.

A witness told police that the bouncer had been out in the parking lot trying to calm Shike down prior to the attack, court records say.

Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Benjamin Halverson said that officers recovered six knifes from Shike.

Court records say that four of those knives were strapped to Shike’s legs under his pants.

During bond arguments in court, Shike asked that he be released without bond so he can seek medical and psychological treatment and go to sobriety meetings.

Judge Hernandez agreed, on the condition that Shike undergo 24/7 sobriety monitoring, not drink any alcohol and not enter any businesses where alcohol is sold.

Shike is scheduled to enter pleas on the charges in District Court on Thursday.

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