A child custody exchange ended with a handgun being pulled and a physical altercation between two male parties on Thursday, Dec. 4 in the parking lot of the Platte City McDonald’s restaurant.
Steven Kreb, 26, of St. Joseph, Mo., ended up arrested and charged the following day with a felony for unlawful use of a weapon. He later posted $20,000 bond with the condition of having no contact with his wife, her male friend or his two children.
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the restaurant due to the altercation.
According to a probable cause statement, Kreb and his wife are married but separated and agreed to meet in Platte City to exchange custody of the two kids. The wife brought along a male friend due to a history of past violence from Kreb toward her.
Upon seeing the male friend, Kreb began yelling at the two and pulled a .380 caliber semi-automatic gun from his waistband, pointed it at the male party and then put the weapon in his right coat pocket. Kreb and the male then became involved in a physical altercation, which caused the gun to fall out of Kreb’s pocket.
The male party grabbed the weapon and handed it to Kreb’s wife.
Later recovered, the gun was found to be loaded with a round in the chamber. The couple’s kids were apparent witnesses to the entire scene.
Under questioning, Kreb admitted to pull the gun because he feared the male friend. He said the safety was on the entire time, and he believed to have pointed the weapon only at the male’s legs.
Kreb did not have a carry concealed permit.
A search of records revealed Kreb also currently has driving privileges suspended in Missouri. The Class D felony charge carries a penalty of up to four years in prison, and he also faces a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license. Kreb is due back in court on Dec. 16.