Berea Man Arrested on Slew of Charges Following Alleged Gun-Toting Trespassing


Kentucky State Police recently made an arrest of a Berea man who went to jail on a slew of charges, including wanton endangerment and criminal trespassing. According to the citation, troopers arrived to Bethlehem Road in reference to a male and female trespassing on multiple properties.

The male subject, who was later identified as Tim Willis of Berea, was said to be armed with a handgun and had allegedly said he was looking for a stolen tractor.

When State Police engaged with Willis, he would not raise his right hand until ordered multiple times by police to get on the ground. A handgun was located next to him on the ground. Witnesses told police that the suspect had been seen in backyards and in one of the residences and was told to leave and not come back.

One of the homeowners continued, saying that Willis had allegedly held the gun towards his head, and fired, but as there were no bullets in the gun it only clicked. The witness told police that Willis told him he had wished it was loaded as he wanted to kill him. Willis then allegedly ran off behind another property before police arrived and detained him.

Troopers continue in the lengthy citation that Willis exhibited multiple signs of being under the influence of a narcotic. Willis also had a warrant out for his arrest for previous charges.

When in the detention center, Willis was asked if he has drugs or paraphernalia on his person but he denied that he did. However, when a further search was conducted, officers allegedly located suspected methamphetamine, a shotgun shell, and a pipe that Willis had attempted to conceal.

He was taken into custody and charged with first degree wanton endangerment, first degree criminal trespassing, third degree criminal trespassing, public intoxication of a controlled substance, contempt of court for libel/slander, possession of methamphetamine, first degree promoting contraband, and possession of drug paraphernalia.