Columbus police officers serving an aggravated assault warrant arrested a man hiding in a bedroom closet Friday and added more charges after they found a stash of drugs and a 9mm pistol tucked under a sofa, authorities said.
Brandon J. Senior, 25, pleaded not guilty this afternoon to assault, drugs and weapons charges during a Recorder’s Court hearing. He is being held without bond in the Muscogee County Jail.
Senior had been wanted since Feb. 28 after he allegedly shot out the front window of his girlfriend’s home on Lawyers Lane. Investigators said Senior became angry after an argument with his girlfriend and fired three rounds that lodged in a television in the living room. Senior’s girlfriend and her daughter were in the living room when the shots were fired, police said.
On Friday, police went to the Lawyers Lane home to serve two warrants for aggravated assault. According to a police report, Senior’s girlfriend told the officers Senior was not in the house, but he was found hiding in a closet.
Investigators said they also found 9.5 grams of cocaine and about 14 grams of marijuana concealed in a bag under a sofa. Senior testified today he knew nothing about the 9mm pistol and added he thought police had dropped the aggravated assault charges.
After a December charge of simple battery, Senior had been forbidden by court order from living with his girlfriend. Senior’s girlfriend acknowledged allowing Senior back into the home but also told police she had become increasingly afraid of Senior.
Recorder’s Court Judge Michael Joyner found probable cause and bound Senior’s charges to Superior Court.