REDWOOD CITY -- A fight between two friends sparked by a dispute about a jacket ended with gunfire in Menlo Park and has led to felony charges for a Truckee man, a prosecutor said.
Geoffrey Clark Smith, 24, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in San Mateo County Superior Court to assault, threat making and gun charges, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Smith remained behind bars in lieu of $150,000 bail.
Smith is accused of firing on his friend's home on the 1300 block of Windermere Avenue early Sunday after he tried to get his jacket back. No one was wounded.
Prosecutors say Smith had given the coat to his friend as collateral for a $50 loan. Prior to the 1 a.m. visit, Smith allegedly tried to recover it by threatening the friend via text messages and phone calls, prosecutors said. It wasn't immediately clear if theloan was repaid. Prosecutor's said the threats included references to Smith's gun.
When Smith showed up at the friend's home, an argument started. The words escalated to violence when Smith allegedly swung a set of crutches at the victim but missed, prosecutors said. Finally the attacker pinned the friend to the ground and "pummeled him with (his) fists," Wagstaffe said.
Someone called authorities for help, and Smith allegedly took off running when he heard police sirens approaching, authorities said. Police believeSmith returned a short time later and fired several shots in the direction of the victim's house.
Police said they pulled Smith over as he sped away from the scene and found a .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun in his car.
Smith is due back in court Dec. 24 to face charges of making threats, shooting into an occupied house and assault with a deadly weapon. The charges carry up to 17 years in prison, Wagstaffe said.
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