A man accused of threatening his ex-girlfriend with a screwdriver in the presence of her children has been convicted of charges related to the 2014 incident.
A Sacramento County jury found Allen Dee Taylor, 31, guilty of felony false imprisonment with use of a screwdriver, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats and child endangerment.
On Aug. 11, 2014, Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 hang-up call at Taylor’s residence. Deputies noted that Taylor appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance. When Taylor’s ex-girlfriend attempted to remove the children from the home, he armed himself with a screwdriver, took hold of the woman, pressing the weapon into her side and threatening her if she tried to leave, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.
Taylor refused to follow a deputy’s command to drop the weapon. When the officers drew their weapons, Taylor corralled the crying children behind him, authorities said.
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Other officers arrived to distract Taylor. They were able to gain control of the screwdriver, and Taylor was arrested after a brief struggle.
Taylor is to be sentenced Oct. 10 by Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette.