DENTON, TX, Sept. 28, 2022 – The Denton Police Department has arrested a man for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Family Violence after an investigation into a Sept. 9 incident involving a landlord and tenant living in the same residence.
On Sept. 9, officers were dispatched at 12:42 p.m. to a civil disturbance in the 2000 block of Scripture Street. The landlord, 68-year-old Phillip Young, reported that his tenant was attempting to use the kitchen of their shared residence without having paid for kitchen privileges. Officers spoke with both parties then left after determining no criminal offense had occurred.
At 4:39 p.m. that day, officers were dispatched to the same residence when the tenant reported Young was threatening him with a gun. Officers spoke with both individuals separately upon arrival. The tenant reported that Young was holding a handgun and warning him to not go into the kitchen. Young denied threatening the tenant and refused to allow officers to see or secure the firearm. The tenant initially told officers he did not want to press charges. Officers determined probable cause could not be established on scene. The parties agreed to separate, and the case was referred to detectives.
Once detectives received and reviewed the case, both individuals were interviewed again. The tenant advised Young’s actions placed him in fear and he felt threatened, and would assist in prosecution if charges were filed. Young told detectives that he did not intend on shooting the tenant during this interaction. However, in an email sent to detectives on Sept. 26, Young admitted he did think about shooting the tenant during the Sept. 9 incident.
On Sept. 27, detectives obtained a felony warrant for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Family Violence. On Wednesday morning, Young was arrested at the Denton Police Department without incident. Young is currently in the City of Denton Jail, with bail to be determined at arraignment.