ELKO – An Elko man was arrested on child abuse charges early Christmas Day and a stolen handgun was recovered by police.

Logan J. Butler, 28, of Elko was arrested on Gentry Place for child abuse or neglect, and buying, possessing or receiving stolen property.

Police were called at 4:43 a.m. and told a male was threatening a female with a gun in a mobile home and that there were children in the residence, according to Elko Police Lt. Mike Palhegyi.

“When they arrived on scene they heard people screaming in the house,” he said, so officers forced entry.

Two juveniles ran out of a bedroom, and officers located the suspect in a bathroom along with another child.

When officers asked where the gun was he pointed at the waste basket in the bathroom. Police recovered a fully loaded 9mm Glock handgun from the trash.

Officers determined there had been a breakup and Butler “was basically threatening to kill himself with the children present,” Palhegyi said.

The gun was later determined to have been stolen in Florida.

Butler was jailed on $45,000 bail.

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