Pella man faces multiple charges after making threats with gun

Daniel Tyler Burtschi

PELLA — A man has been arrested after brandishing a handgun and threatening construction workers near Sports Page Bar and Grill in Pella.

Pella resident Daniel Tyler Burtschi, 37, has been charged with assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, public intoxication, going armed with intent, harassment in the first degree, and possession of weapons while intoxicated.

According to local authorities, the Pella Police Department responded to a report at approximately 4:08 p.m. of an armed man displaying a weapon in the Sports Page Bar and Grill parking lot, located at 1111 W. 16th Street. Subsequent reports from eye witnesses indicated that the man appeared to be waiving a handgun and a long gun while threatening nearby construction workers.

Officers arrived on scene and made contact with Burtschi, who was unarmed at the time but matched the description from witnesses. A search warrant of Burtschi’s vehicle resulted in the following charges:

Public intoxication: A simple misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 30 days’ jail and a $1,000 fine

Assault while displaying a dangerous weapon: an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in jail and a fine of between $625 and $6,250

Going armed with intent: a Class D Felony punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of between $750 and $7,500

Harassment in the first degree: an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in jail and a fine of between $625 and $6,250

Possession of weapons while intoxicated: a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine between $315 and $1,875

Burtschi was incarcerated at the Pella Police Department, who was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Marion County Attorney’s Office.

With any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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