Man charged in South Side cigarette robbery

2014-05-12T17:30:00Z 2014-05-13T10:41:06Z Man charged in South Side cigarette robberyBy EDDIE GREGG The Billings Gazette

Prosecutors have charged a 21-year-old with shaking down a South Side man for a cigarette and then hitting him on the nose with a 9mm pistol.

Nathaniel David Dudding appeared Monday before Judge G. Todd Baugh and pleaded not guilty to felony counts of robbery and assault with a weapon.

According to charging documents, Dudding confronted a man on May 4 at South Park, asking for a cigarette. The man said he didn’t have any cigarettes and started walking toward his home in the 800 block of South 29th Street.

Dudding trailed the man, continuing to ask for a cigarette. Outside the house, Dudding pulled a handgun and told the man to empty his pockets, prosecutors said.

The alleged victim turned out his pockets, at which point Dudding threatened to kick down the man's door and look for a cigarette inside the house.

Dudding hit the man on the bridge of the nose with the gun and a scuffle ensued, prosecutors said. The man punched his alleged attacker several times and was able wrangle the gun, a 9mm Hi-Point, away from Dudding.

Dudding ran away, and police reported finding him hiding, shoeless, under a nearby vehicle.

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