A Rock Hill man who allegedly threatened a couple with a gun and then followed them as they left Bi-Lo was arrested Monday after he failed a sobriety test and stored beer and ammo in his car, police said.
At about 11:45 p.m. Sunday, a man and woman flagged down officers on North Jones Avenue and reported that a man threatened them with a gun, according to a Rock Hill police report. The woman told police she was inside the Bi-Lo on East Main Street when Arthur Barber, 48, stepped behind her in the checkout line and put his hands on her shoulder. She asked Barber to remove his hand and told him she did not want to be touched. As she walked out the store, Barber allegedly followed her, the report states.
She hurried to her car, where a man waited for her and got out the car to confront Barber when he noticed the suspect shouting profanities and threats at the woman, the report states. Barber began rummaging through his truck, telling the two he had a gun. The man and woman left, but realized Barber was following them in his truck, flashing his high beams and “driving erratically,” according to the report. The victims turned on North Jones when they noticed officers patrolling the area. Police pursued Barber’s truck.
He told officers he did not have a gun. Police searched his vehicle and found two gun magazines, one with seven rounds of ammunition. They also found a six-pack of Bud Light in the floorboard. The pack was missing two bottles.
Barber told police he drank only one beer, but then later claimed he also drank half of the beer a passenger had been drinking, the report states. He failed a field sobriety test and was charged with driving under the influence. The victims declined to press charges against Barber.