A man charged in December with using a machete to smash the windows of a church made an initial court appearance Monday on new charges alleging he threatened his father with a knife.
Joshua Adam Breding, 26, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on a count of felony assault with a weapon and misdemeanor charges of unlawful restraint, carrying a concealed weapon and criminal destruction of or tampering with a communications device.
Judge David Carter set bond at $35,000, which was $10,000 more than requested by Senior Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Brett Linneweber, who said there are concerns for Breding’s mental health and the danger he poses to the community.
Charging documents state that police arrested Breding after making a welfare check in the 1000 block of Terry Avenue on Friday. A man had called and reported he believed his brother had been harmed by his nephew, Breding.
The man reported he had called his brother, but that Breding had answered and swore at him, court records state.
An officer responded and observed that Breding appeared to be controlling his father by telling him what to do and by not allowing him to call the man who asked police to make the welfare check, court records state.
Police separated Breding and his father and interviewed them apart.
Breding stated that the CIA and others were trying to kill him and his father, and that if his father left the house he would be “gutted like a stuffed pig,” according to charging documents.
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Another officer interviewed the father, who said he had woken up the night before and found Breding standing over him with a hatchet in one hand and a butcher knife in the other, court records say.
The documents go on to quote the man as saying that Breding had become paranoid, thinking that people were coming to hurt them, and had collected knives, scissors and a hatchet from around the house.
A search of Breding revealed that he had three knives, a hatchet, four scissors and a box cutter, court records state.
The man also reported that Breding had taken his cellphone and told him that if he left the house he would be killed, court records say.
The man said that he had tried to escape the house, but that Breding had grabbed him by the collar and dragged him back inside, charging documents state. He also reported that Breding had hacked counter tops, cupboards and other parts of the house with the hatchet.
Prosecutors in December charged Breding with felony desecration of a place of worship, felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor counts of obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest.
The charges allege that Breding used a machete and rocks to smash out windows at Trinity Lutheran Church, 537 Grand Ave., and then fought with responding officers.
Breding is scheduled to be arraigned in Yellowstone County District Court on Friday.