Columbia Falls Man Denies Assault Allegations

Ronald Lindsay has been charged with two counts of felony assault with a weapon and one count of misdemeanor family member assault

By Justin Franz

A 33-year-old Columbia Falls man arrested following a standoff with law enforcement denied all charges against him in Flathead County District Court on April 5.

Ronald Lindsay has been charged with two counts of felony assault with a weapon and one count of misdemeanor family member assault following a March 19 incident south of Kalispell.

Lindsay, who is represented by Ryan Peabody, pleaded not guilty to the charges. District Court Judge Robert Allison informed Lindsay that he would be standing trail in September.

According to court documents and the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, Lindsey allegedly threatened multiple people inside a Lower Valley home with a baseball bat. Deputies responded to the scene and attempted to talk to Lindsay, who refused to come out of the house. The Flathead County SWAT team was deployed to the scene and negotiators tried to get Lindsey to turn himself in. When negotiations proved fruitless, the SWAT team fired pepper spray into the house. Lindsey came out of the house and was taken into custody without incident.

If convicted, Lindsey could face up to 40 years in prison.

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