Big Timber man pleads not guilty to assault

Robert Scott Rudd-Frazier pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of assault with a weapon and a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest Aug. 8 in Montana Sixth Judicial District Court in Sweet Grass County. 

Sweet Grass County Dispatch received a call on the morning of July 27 from Michelle Bixby who reported that Rudd-Frazier had followed her and threatened her with a baseball bat.  

In an affidavit, Sweet Grass County Sheriff’s Deputy Ron Swanson reported that he responded to the call and interviewed Bixby. She told Swanson that she and her husband knew Rudd-Frazier, but had asked him to stop coming around because he was so negative, according to the affidavit. 

After interviewing Bixby the affidavit states Swanson found Rudd-Frazier at a ranch where he was working. In the document, Swanson wrote he told Rudd-Frazier he was under arrest for assault, and then Rudd-Frazier approached him quickly while holding an expandable baton. Rudd-Frazier then got into his truck, according to the affidavit, and tried to drive away, but Swanson drew his gun asked him to stop. 

The document states Rudd-Frazier got out of the truck and eventually complied with Swanson’s requests after he aimed a taser at him. In the affidavit, Swanson reported that Rudd-Frazier continually yelled threats at him and tried to kick his knees during the arrest. The affidavit also says Rudd-Frazier threatened Swanson’s son. Sweet Grass County Sheriff’s deputies brought Rudd-Frazier to Gallatin County Detention Center.

At an arraignment hearing on Aug. 8, Rudd-Frazier appeared by video. He complained about the way law enforcement officers have treated him since moving to the city. 

“It’s been ongoing harassment from law enforcement ... since I have moved into Big Timber,” he said. “This has been going on for four to five years … people vandalizing my stuff, breaking into my house. Nothing’s been done.”

Judge Brenda Gilbert set his bond at $55,000. Rudd-Frazier has asked for a new public defender from Billings because he doesn’t want to be represented by someone from Sweet Grass County.

By MATT BLOIS / Big Timber Pioneer

 

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