UPDATED: Man charged with aggravated menacing

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WILMINGTON — A Wilmington man was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with aggravated menacing after an alleged incident late Saturday night in the 500 block of West Locust Street.

According to the Wilmington Police incident report, officers were dispatched at 10:33 p.m. in reference to shots heard.

The alleged victims stated that Zackery Higginbotham, 18, of the 200 block of Columbus Street, Wilmington, had fired a shotgun at them, according to the report.

They advised that he left the scene in a white 2001 Dodge pickup truck. Units responded to his residence on Columbus Street and attempted to make contact with him, but this was unsuccessful.

Just after midnight, on Sunday morning, police were informed that a Clinton County Sheriff’s deputy had pulled over Higginbotham’s truck near CVS in downtown Wilmington.

According to the report, Higginbotham stated that he was messing around trying to agitate the residents of a house on Thorne Avenue, so he revved his truck a few times. He stated that he turned onto Locust Street and his vehicle was struck by a rock. He advised he went back around the block, to drive past the residence again.

He then stated he eventually stopped his vehicle, got out grabbed something out of the back and yelled that he would kill everyone if they touched his truck again, the report stated; he told police that he went to a friend’s house on Josephine Street where his friend told him to call the police, and he was headed home when he was pulled over.

Higginbotham told police that he did not have access to firearms, and the only shotgun in the family was possessed by a relative in Xenia.

Higginbotham was arrested by WPD and was transported to the Clinton County Jail. A marijuana pipe and possible marijuana were also seized as evidence, the report stated.


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