Laurel Man Robert Drake Moats, Threatened Suicide, Then Places Semi-Automatic Pistol Next To Toddler, Moats Arrested For Criminal Endangerment

July 25, 2018




Syndicated by: Montana News

by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter
According to police report P201600563 on June 4, 2018, the Laurel Police Department dispatched Laurel Officers Gregory and Guy to respond to a man who was reported as a suicidal subject.  Apparently, Robert Moats sent a text to the complainant that he had a gun and wanted to kill himself.

Officer arrived at the address of 208 West Ave first street and waited for Officer Guy to arrive.

Officer Gregory observed Moats with a handgun in his hands.  Moats entered his home according to Officer Gregory.

Officer Gregory asked Moats to put the gun away, which it Moats did.
Moats then came outside of his house and was holding just a phone in his hand.  

Moats told Officer Gregory that his son was inside.  As he talked with Officer Gregory, Officer Guy claims that he could smell alcoholic beverage and he observed Moats being unsteady on his feet with slurred, thick speech.

Bot Officers could hear a child crying in the house.  Both Officers entered the home without a warrant, an observed a small toddler S.M.

The toddler, S.M. Was sitting on a couch and next to the child was a semi-automatic pistol.  Officers investigated the pistol and located a magazine with seven rounds in it, but the chamber was empty.

Both Officers then arrested Moats and had him transported to the Yellowstone County Detention Center in Billings.




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