A man arrested after a standoff with the Billings Police Department in mid-March denied a felony assault-with-a-weapon charge that came as a result of the incident.

Joshua David Heafner, 28, appeared by video from the county jail in front of District Judge Susan Watters on Thursday, where he denied the charge.

Watters continued Heafner's bond at $100,000, despite his public defender's request that she lower it to $25,000 on the grounds that Heafner is a lifelong Billings resident, has his own construction business and successfully completed a previous probation program.

Heafner was arrested on March 17 after a 90-minute standoff with Billings police at 920 Custer Ave.

Officers went to the home to arrest him on outstanding warrants and knew that he was a suspect in an armed casino robbery from a few days earlier.

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When they entered the home, somebody slammed a bedroom door, yelled at officers to leave and said he had a gun. The officers exited the home and a standoff began, ending after Heafner and an unidentified woman surrendered.

The assault charge stems from an officer's "reasonable apprehension" that he could be injured from what appeared to be a weapon, according to charging documents.

"I would note to the court that no weapon was found in the residence," said Matthew Claus, Heafner's court-appointed attorney.

A trial date will be set later.

The Billings Police Department continues to investigate the armed robbery.

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