Anthony Ausmus

Man charged with elder abuse, brandishing imitation firearm

A man was taking into custody for elder abuse, among other charges, after a confrontation in the Sierra Wash and Dry.

Anthony Ausmus, 22, of Susanville, was arrested and booked into the Lassen County Jail for elder abuse, battery and brandishing an imitation firearm after pushing an elderly woman and making threats in the local store, according to a statement from the Susanville Police Department.

About 11:35 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, officers responded to a call of a fight involving a man with a gun at the Sierra Wash and Dry. Upon arrival, they discovered a man whom people identified as having a gun, inside the AT&T store. Officers contacted the man and discovered he was carrying a concealed pistol.

Through the course of the investigation, oficers found the man, identified as Ausmus, had gotten into a verbal altercation with a person at the Wash and Dry.

When Ausmus was leaving, the statement alleged, he pushed an elderly woman to the ground, prompting a witness to confront Ausmus.                  During this encounter, Ausmus pulled a firearm from inside his clothing and threatened to kill the witness. Ausmus eventually left the scene.

Officers confirmed the firearm was a B.B. pistol and Ausmus was arrested and booked into the Lassen County Jail.