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AUSTINTOWN Youngstown man held in assault case



Published: Fri, July 12, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The suspect said an argument over marijuana prompted the fight in a hotel guest room.

AUSTINTOWN -- A Youngstown man who police say tried to shoot a Super 8 Motel guest has appeared in court on charges of felonious assault and aggravated burglary.

David Guss, 32, of Trumbull Court, appeared Thursday in Mahoning County Court here.

No plea was accepted as the charges are felonies. Bond was set at $75,000.

A pretrial hearing for Guss has been set for Thursday.

Police said they were called to the motel, on Seventy-six Drive, by a motel clerk around 7 p.m. Wednesday. They found Guss fighting with two motel guests from Arkansas on the floor of a guest room. One of the guests was holding a handgun by the barrel.

Police separated the men. One of the guests told police Guss had forced his way into their room with the handgun.

He said he resisted, and Guss tried to fire his gun at him. It did not go off.

Police said that although the gun was loaded, it did not have a bullet in its chamber.

What Guss contended

The Arkansas men, both construction workers helping on the renovation of Wal-Mart here, said they then struggled with Guss, who tried unsuccessfully to fire the gun a second time at them.

One of the men took the gun by biting Guss in the arm. The man then called the motel clerk, who called police.

Guss was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center by police and treated for a head wound.

The Arkansas men suffered minor injuries.

Guss later told police he had met one of the Arkansas men at Perkins restaurant on Interstate Boulevard a few days ago. The Arkansas man asked him for marijuana, Guss said.

The fight Wednesday was about the drug's price, he said.

He did not say why he had a gun.

Guss asked police to check the motel room for drugs. None were found.




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