A transient man is accused of threatening to “shoot up” the library after kids there refused to smell his marijuana.

Worku John Bradford, 19, is charged with felony criminal endangerment. He appeared Monday in Gallatin County Justice Court before Judge Bryan Adams.

Bail was set at $25,000.

On Saturday, officers responded to a report of a man trying to get kids to smell marijuana at the Bozeman Library, according to charging documents. A library employee told an officer that Bradford said he was going to return to the library and “shoot the place up.”

Multiple officers responded because of the threat and found Bradford walking away from the library. He was arrested.

Police said in charging documents that Bradford went up to juveniles and tried to hug them and get them to smell his marijuana. The juveniles told officers that Bradford started making offensive statements and told them he was going to “shoot up” the library when they refused to smell the marijuana.

Library staff pointed to another man they said was with Bradford inside the library.

Police said in charging documents that the man was unlawfully hiding a loaded gun in his coat. He denied that he and Bradford went to the library together. The man was arrested for warrants, the concealed weapon and having drugs.

Police said Bradford has had multiple run-ins with law enforcement since September and that each involved threats with a gun.

Two days before allegedly threatening to shoot up the library, court documents allege, Bradford was arrested for threatening to rob people with a gun as they left the Haufbrau Bar. Police said in charging documents that Bradford had a gun, a mask and ammunition during that incident.

In court on Monday, prosecutor Bradley Bowen said he believed mental health issues were involved in the library incident. He said that made Bradford’s actions more concerning.

“When firearms have historically been involved and threats of violence are involved, particularly to members of the public and children,” Bowen said.

George Isham, Bradford’s attorney, asked that bail be lowered or that Bradford be released.

Bradford interrupted Isham multiple times while the attorney made his argument. At times Isham asked Bradford to quiet down. At the beginning of the hearing, Bradford interrupted Judge Adams to say he wanted to plead guilty but later said he was unsure why he was arrested.

If convicted, Bradford could face up to a $50,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison.

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2630.

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