Arrest made in reported armed disturbance


A reported armed disturbance Saturday morning led to the arrest of a man who allegedly fired shots inside an apartment and who was carrying a bottle containing PCP.

Marcus Royal, 33, who is on parole after being convicted of murder, also reportedly threatened to kill his girlfriend and her baby, Deputy Prosecutor Jill Reed said during a court hearing Monday for Royal.

Reed said police were sent to 4400 Union Ave. at 1:20 a.m. in response to an armed disturbance at an apartment and when they arrived, found the door unlocked and saw shell casings on the floor.

Detective Richard McCorvy reported that officers also saw what appeared to be bullet holes in two pots that were on a stove and found Royal apparently disoriented outside the back door.

Reed said police patted Royal down and found a small brown bottle of an unknown liquid that later field tested positive for PCP.

Royal was placed under arrest for public intoxication after he was unable to perform field sobriety tests. A female later approached police and said Royal had shouted at her, then grabbed her and her child and threw them to the ground and threatened to kill them.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Royal after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with possession of a controlled substance, first-degree terroristic threatening, and felon in possession of a firearm.

Bridgforth also ordered Royal to have no contact with the woman until the case is settled and to come back to court Sept. 24.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Royal.