Man threatening group with shotgun pleads "not guilty"

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Three Columbus residents say they were threatened with a shotgun while pumping gas this weekend and the suspect enters a "not guilty" plea for the crime.

Forty-five-year-old Jarvle Johnson is accused of pulling a 12-gauge shotgun on three innocent people at a gas station.

"He approached us out of the blue. We were getting gas and he came with a mission. I don't know why. I don't know what's wrong with him, he needs help," said one of the victims, Erica Childress.

Childress and two of her friends, Kevin Gillyard and Teyisha Johnson, were pumping gas when Johnson accused Gillyard of having relations with his wife. But those three weren't the only ones affected by Johnson's actions.

Kimberly Greene was driving with three young children and stopped at the Chevron on Forrest Road to buy them a snack. She tells News Leader Nine that's when she saw the argument taking place, "I told my child we're going to leave and about that time Mr. Johnson pulled out the shotgun and my four year old started screaming, my 12-year-old started screaming and I called 911."

Childress told police the suspect then threatened to shoot them all, "When he pulled the gun out, it's time to go and get away because he had a mission to kill. When he was in the police car he still stated in front of the cops that when he gets out of jail he is still going to come back and kill us."

Now the victims have to live with that fear and the young witnesses have to get over the horrendous event.

Greene added, "My four year old daughter has had nightmares ever since. She'll wake up screaming the bad guy with the gun is going to shoot me. Mommy, I'm scared."

Jarvle Johnson is being charged with three counts each of pointing a gun at someone and wreckless conduct. He also faces possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and simple battery charges.

He is currently being held in the Muscogee County Jail with a $7,000 bond.

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