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A Billings man accused of pointing a gun at four people who caught a prowler has been charged with four counts of assault with a weapon.

George Goodrie, 28, appeared Tuesday in Justice Court where he was ordered held in the county jail on $100,000 bond. He is to be arraigned later this week in District Court.

According to court records, police were called to the area of Monad and Shiloh roads on Thursday. Four neighbors said they had caught a man seen breaking into vehicles when another man pulled up in a car, jumped out with a gun and threatened to shoot if they didn’t release the car prowler.

While the man was threatening to shoot, his car began to roll away. The man jumped back into the car and sped off but not before witnesses recorded the license plate number.

Officers traced the license number to Goodrie, who was arrested Saturday at Stewart Park while playing softball. The man captured by the neighbors, William Hakala, 19, has been charged with felony theft.

Goodrie was arrested earlier this year on charges of stealing checks from his attorney. While in the county jail on the theft charge, Goodrie is accused of trying to gain his freedom by impersonating a judge and probation officer over the phone. He was subsequently charged with two felony counts of impersonating a public servant.

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