Man facing assault charge for pulling knife on minor in Cut Bank

Posted at 3:44 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 18:10:35-04

CUT BANK – A 34-year-old man is facing a felony charge for allegedly pulling a knife on a minor in Cut Bank.

Kenneth Tanner faces a felony count of assault with a weapon after an incident on May 14 near Cut Bank’s H.C. Davis Elementary School.

Court documents state Tanner reported to law enforcement that a group of juveniles were trying to fight him near the school.

He told officers he felt threatened so he pulled out his knife.

During the investigation, law enforcement obtained a video of the incident, which shows a 12-year-old boy in a verbal altercation with Tanner from across the street.

Tanner then approaches the boy and swings a knife at him, according to court documents.

The 12-year-old told police he was afraid Tanner would stab him.

Wade Johnson, the superintendent of Cut Bank Public Schools, addressed the incident in a Facebook post:

“Last evening, Tuesday, May 14th, at approximately 7:15pm there was an incident between an adult and a couple of minor students at our HC Davis Playground. The adult threatened the students, and is now in custody. We cannot discuss charges or what the threat entailed at this time due to pending legal proceedings. We will be requesting that additional action be taken by our Trustees to eliminate this potential threat from any school building or grounds. We are taking every possible action to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

Prosecutors requested Tanner’s bond be set at $25,000.