Frank Harris faces assault, malicious damage, and pointing and presenting charges
An altercation with his girlfriend involving a gun led to multiple charges for a Union man. Sgt. Naomi Olson was dispatched to the Belk Distribution Center Monday night to meet with the victim about an assault. The woman stated she picked up her boyfriend, 37-year-old Franklin Bernard Harris, at his home on Browns Creek Church Road and drove him to C Street in Jonesville. When they got there, she said Harris began to argue with her and pulled out a pistol and laid it in his lap. He pulled the slide back on the pistol, took the magazine out of the pistol, and put it in her lap. They continued to argue, and the woman said Harris woke her daughter up in the back seat. The woman told Harris to stop because he was scaring her daughter, but he continued arguing. He then insisted she take him home, which she did. He again began arguing. She told him to leave the car, but he wouldn’t. He again pulled the gun out and pulled the slide back. He got out of the car, threatened her with the gun, and slapped her in the face. The man grabbed her phone out of the car and slammed it to the ground, shattering it. The woman drove to her aunt’s house to get a working phone and called 911. The investigation revealed the pistol was empty during the encounter. Harris was arrested Tuesday and charged with 3rd degree assault and battery, malicious injury to personal property, and pointing and presenting a firearm at a person. Bond was set at $6000, and a hold was placed on him by Cherokee County.