JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The man accused of pulling onto the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a gun was in court Friday afternoon.
Brad Kenneth Bartelt, 47, of Jonesboro appeared in court by video to face charges. Bartelt is charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threatening and possession of explosives.
A judge set his bond at $50,000 pending a mental evaluation and ordered him to appear in court again Jan. 29, 2016.
During the hearing, Bartelt said, "I never intended to hurt anyone but myself." He held his head down and closed his eye during most of the hearing and said he did not understand all of the charges against him.
Police arrested Bartelt for driving his vehicle onto the lawn at the Carl R. Reng Student Union and possessing a gun.
According to Detective Mike Branscum's narrative, Bartelt called 911 and told dispatchers that he was on campus and had a gun. While negotiators talked to Bartelt, "he would occasionally get out of his truck and wave his gun around pointing it in various directions. At one point he picked up a gasoline can and was pouring the gas on his truck."
Branscum also reported that Bartelt threatened multiple times to shoot the liquid propane tank in his truck.
Bartelt eventually threw his shotgun down and surrendered.
During an interview at the Jonesboro Police Department, Bartelt said he was upset because of the way he was treated when he was injured while training to drive an 18-wheeler at ASU-Newport a few years ago.
"He stated that he was going to come to the university and shoot other people but he realized that murder would be wrong, so he was going to kill himself," the narrative read.
As police served a search warrant at Bartelt's residence in the 1000 block of Hall Street, they said they found a loaded AR-15 with ammunition, large hunting knives and shotgun ammunition in the home. A woman, Connie Hampton, was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the police report.
On Friday, the Jonesboro Police Department released dashcam video of Bartelt's arrest. (Mobile users click here to view it).
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