Alexandria city employee while in city vehicle accused of threatening woman

By  EverythingCenla staff

An employee with the City of Alexandria was charged with violation of a protective order after he allegedly threatened his girlfriend while he was in the city’s sanitation truck, according to the Alexandria Police Department.

Gary Pugh, 38, 103 Joann Dr., Pineville, was arrested shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 21.

According to the police report, the following allegedly occurred:

Police arrived at the Goodwill on Jackson Street in response to a call about a man, who was in a City of Alexandria truck parked across the street from the store, recently stalking one of the store’s employees, who was away at lunch.

The woman, who appeared “scared and was upset,” arrived back at the store about 1 p.m. She reported she had gone to Vision 4 Less, 1800 MacArthur Dr., when Pugh pulled up behind her in the city’s sanitation truck and blocked her vehicle.

She told police Pugh threatened “something bad was going to happen” if she didn’t drop the restraining order against him. The protective order was issued on April 19 and Pugh was served on Tuesday, April 20.

The protective order specified that Pugh was not to “abuse, harass, stalk, follow or threaten the woman and that he was to stay away from her job.

On Wednesday, the woman reported that Pugh had parked the city’s truck on Belleauwood Street across from Goodwill at least five times that day for up to 30 minutes each.

The officer left the store to report to Pugh’s supervisor that he would be arrested. While headed to the city compound, the officer received information that Pugh had returned to Belleauwood.

The officer returned to the area and arrested Pugh, who police reported became “belligerent when his phone rang” and an officer tried to get it from him.

Pugh told officers the woman had called him to meet her at Vision 4 Less and that he had called the police department to report the incident. Pugh offered his phone to the police officer so that he could observe the calls on his phone.

Those calls indicated that the woman called Pugh about 12:04 p.m. and that he had dialed out to the police department about 1:21 p.m.

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