Man charged with assault, unlawful imprisonment

— A local man will be arraigned Aug. 10 for first-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment charges, stemming from a Tuesday incident.

Billy Jay Burson, 34, was in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday for a preliminary appearance.

He was released as part of the county’s pretrial program.

Court records show he pointed a Glock 9mm handgun at the head of his friend and roommate — Curtis Williams, 34 — at their 470 Canyon Road home, court records show.

Then, Burson blocked Williams’ escape route, standing in the doorway, records show.

Williams told Yakima County Sheriff’s Office deputies he was in his room when Burson burst in with the gun, records show.

The gun belonged to Williams, but the victim told deputies he allowed Burson to borrow it, records show.

Burson allegedly began yelling and demanding money he claimed Williams owed him, records show.

Williams told deputies Burson manipulated the action of the gun, loading a bullet into the chamber, records show.

He allegedly pointed the gun at Williams’ head and grabbed the victim by the throat, records show.

Burson threatened to kill Williams if he didn’t pay, records show.

Williams said he was fearful for his life and the safety of his children, who were in the house, records show.

Upon attempting to flee with his children, Williams was prevented from doing so because Burson was standing in the front doorway, records show.

Williams convinced Burson he was going to get the money he allegedly owed and was allowed to leave, records show.

Burson allegedly threatened to kill Williams if he reported the incident to law enforcement, records show.


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