Lethbridge man facing multiple charges for mischief, uttering threats

Lethbridge Regional Police have charged a 40-year-old man following a series of incidents Monday afternoon on the south side.

On March 16, 2015 at approximately 12:30 p.m. police received multiple calls about a man carrying a knife and acting erratically in a southside neighbourhood. Investigation determined that the male damaged the inside of a home he had been staying at along the 4000 block of 20 Avenue South and then attended two other homes nearby, where he confronted the occupants, then left the residences without further incident. The man attended a third home and began threatening the lone female occupant and damaging her door. Upon police arrival the man was located at the back door and was armed with a metal blade. The man’s behaviour was extremely erratic and police attempted to negotiate with him but despite a lengthy exchange the man would not obey police directions and a sock round (soft projectile) was fired allowing officers to take him safely into custody.

Richard William Joseph Gainford, 40, is charged with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, uttering threats to cause damage to property, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public and two counts of mischief to property.

Gainford was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in court today.