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Amboy man in court on multiple charges

Police say he had dispute with nephew, at home he shares with estranged wife

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST
Michael Toth

DIXON – An Amboy man facing weapons and theft charges after police say he had a confrontation with his estranged wife and his nephew made his first appearance Wednesday in Lee County Court.

Michael Toth, 40, is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon and theft. A preliminary status hearing was set for July 24 by Lee County Judge Ron Jacobson.

According to police:

Toth arrived June 14 at the Lee County house he shares with his estranged wife to find his nephew, Shawn Rutherford, at the home. Brandishing a firearm from the driveway, Toth told the three other people present to leave because he was “going to end his nephew.”

After a brief conversation, Toth tucked the handgun into the back of his pants before placing it under a pile of clothing in his truck and leaving the scene. After sending a text message to his wife telling her that Rutherford had 2 minutes to leave, Rutherford called 911.

Toth was detained a short time later about 2 miles from the residence.

Police say Toth also possessed guns stolen from Clinton, Iowa.

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