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Ice cream dispute ends in Columbus man’s arrest


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When someone took a Columbus man’s ice cream out of his freezer, the man became so angry that he threatened a neighbor’s life with a knife, police said.

Dustin M. Crider, 32, of 817 California St., was arrested early Sunday on one count of intimidation with a deadly weapon as a Class D felony, according to jail records.

Crider and the 20-year-old neighbor live in separate units of the apartment house, said Columbus Police Department spokesman Lt. Matt Myers. As a Saturday night holiday gathering of friends in Crider’s apartment stretched into Sunday morning, Crider began questioning several of his guests about the missing ice cream, Myers said.

The 20-year-old told police that Crider walked into his bedroom 10 minutes later and began accusing him of taking the dessert, Myers said. During the argument, Crider pulled out a long, double-edged blade knife, poked it at the 20-year-old’s stomach, and said the man had a choice of dying, going to jail or showing respect, Myers said. As Crider was taken into custody, the 20-year-old insisted he had no idea who took the ice cream, Myers added.

Crider was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail at 2:37 a.m. Sunday. As of late Monday afternoon, he was behind bars in lieu of a $25,000 surety bond or $2,500 cash bond, a jail official said.

Formal charges, if any, will be determined by the office of Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash.

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