GARNER | A Garner man has been arrested after threatening a woman and children at a residence Friday.

Scott William Hennings, 52, was charged with misdemeanor domestic abuse assault while using or displaying a dangerous weapon. He is being held in the Winnebago County Jail on a $2,000 cash-only bond and is scheduled to appear in Hancock County District Court May 10. 

Hennings is accused of locking a woman he knew out of a house and pointing a gun at her, police said. 

Police responded to a domestic dispute call in the 300 block of Grove Avenue about 9:01 p.m., Garner Police Chief Tim Dodge said in a news release.

When officers arrived on scene, all occupants were out of the residence, except for Hennings.

The woman told officers Hennings "had been drinking earlier and became agitated over a financial dispute," court documents said. 

“A physical scuffle occurred on the front step of the residence,” court documents said, which noted Hennings allegedly grabbed the woman’s shirt and began pushing and pulling her. The woman pulled away and he fell forward in the grass, court documents said.

The woman went inside the residence, grabbed the children inside and “physically removed them from the residence," according to court documents. 

Hennings then retrieved a black handgun and pointed it in the direction of the woman and the children, telling them to get out of the house, court documents said.

Officers used a loudspeaker several times to ask Hennings to come outside showing his hands but received no response. Officers also unsuccessfully attempted to contact Hennings by phone several times. 

He was taken into custody at 10:32 p.m., Dodge said. No injuries were reported. A no-contact order was filed Monday. 

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The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Britt and Kanawha police, a DNR officer, Iowa State Patrol and the North Iowa Special Operations Group assisted at the scene.

In May 2016, Hennings was charged with misdemeanor carrying weapons in Hancock County, a charge that was later dismissed.

Court documents say a Hancock County deputy dropping off mail at the Garner Post Office about 10:20 a.m. noticed Hennings running shirtless near his property, including on the public sidewalk and “possibly the street.”

The deputy was aware Hennigs had called Hancock County dispatch around 3 a.m. that day to report someone was stealing his car, court documents said. The report turned out to be false. 

“Garner Police Chief Tom Koziek had responded around 3 a.m. and determined that Hennings was using drugs and hallucinating about the car being stolen,” court documents said.

When the deputy pulled up to Hennings' residence on Grove Avenue, court documents said Hennings ran out to the patrol vehicle with a Glock handgun in his hand.

“He reported that he was ‘chasing kids,’” the deputy wrote in court documents, noting Hennings was "sweaty and shirtless."

Court documents said Hennings admitted to using drugs within the past 24 hours and “not sleeping for several days.”

“There was no evidence that any ‘kids’ or anybody else had been messing with his property,” the criminal complaint said, which noted Hennings also admitted to the deputy that "he was in a bad place."

The Hancock County Attorney made the motion to dismiss the charge, citing "in the interests of justice." Costs were assessed to Hennings.

A judge granted the prosecution's motion March 21, 2017, saying Hennings successfully completed a deferred prosecution agreement.

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