Elkhart man arrested on drug charges after allegedly pointing handgun

ELKHART — An Elkhart man was arrested for drug possession following a reported altercation involving a gun outside a downtown bar.

Joshua Streetman, 36, was arrested April 20 and charged with possession of methamphetamine as a Level 3 felony and pointing a firearm, a Level 6 felony. He was also charged with the misdemeanors of carrying a handgun without a license and possession of marijuana.

He was booked in the Elkhart County Correctional Facility on $75,000 bond but he has since bonded out. His initial court hearing was set for Thursday.

His charges carry a potential punishment of up to 20 years altogether.

According to court documents:

An altercation involving a gun was reported at Hardy’s Bar, 610 S. Main St., shortly before 12:30 a.m. on April 20. Streetman was named as a suspect.

The other man involved in the incident told police he was talking with friends outside when he was suddenly pushed to the ground from behind. He got up and recognized Streetman, who pulled a handgun from his waistband and aimed it at him.

The other man ran behind a vehicle to hide and Streetman reportedly left the area southbound in a black Jeep. An Elkhart Police officer passed a black Jeep as it was going under the overpass on Benham Avenue, so he turned around and conducted a traffic stop.

After backup arrived, police detained Streetman and the driver and searched the vehicle. A black leather Harley Davidson vest was found on the floor of the rear passenger seat.

A black and brown handgun was recovered from one pocket of the vest. Police removed the magazine from the gun, a Taurus PT22, and found it loaded with eight live rounds with an additional round in the chamber.

In another pocket, police found a digital scale, a glasses case and a clear plastic bag containing a large number of smaller bags. Inside the eyeglass case were a leafy green substance that later tested positive as marijuana, weighing 2.2 grams, and a crystalline substance that tested positive as meth, weighing 11.6 grams.

The driver of the Jeep told police she “had a feeling” Streetman may have had a gun because of how he was walking with his hand in his pocket. She said she knew he and the other man have had problems in the past and that she told Streetman they should leave.

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