Kenai man arrested for robbing a man at gunpoint

A Kenai man was arraigned in District Court at the Kenai Courthouse Friday following his Thursday arrest after pointing a loaded pistol at a man.

At the arraignment, Beau Reed, 27, was appointed a public defender.

Reed faces two felony charges — first-degree robbery with a deadly weapon and third-degree weapons misconduct. He is also charged with one misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment.

According to the police report, a passerby called 911 to report Reed pointing a gun at Kenneth Beam near Lawton Drive and Auk Street.

The complaint reports the men were arguing about a previous incident in which Beam allegedly stole from Reed’s brother during a drug deal. Reed allegedly pointed a loaded pistol at Beam at close range and stole Beam’s backpack. The backpack contained Beam’s personal property and drugs not specified in the report.

The report states that Beam then yelled for people to call the police. Reed dropped the backpack and bolted from the scene on his bicycle. Reed allegedly threw the loaded gun into a ditch a few feet from Lawton Drive. Officers caught and arrested Reed after he threw the gun.

After an extensive search, police found the gun in a ditch behind Kenai Central High School and Kenai Middle School.

Reed is a convicted felon, and is not allowed to carry a concealable firearm.

He is in custody at Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

Reed’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 29.

 

Kaylee Osowski can be reached at kaylee.osowski@peninsulaclarion.com.

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