Man who disarmed guard changes plea

Posted: Sunday, November 01, 2009

FAIRBANKS - A 24-year-old man who assaulted and disarmed a security guard outside the federal building in Fairbanks has pleaded guilty to felony assault.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that Jarrid Bloom faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in federal prison for using a handgun during a violent crime.

He pleaded guilty Thursday. As part of a plea agreement, three other felony charges will be dropped.

Bloom, formerly of Reno, Nev., told U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline that he had been in Fairbanks for a week before his arrest.

According to prosecutors, a security guard early July 7 spotted Bloom in the federal courthouse parking garage, suspecting that he was looking for unlocked cars.

Bloom fled on his bike but couldn't find an exit and the guard cornered him, drawing his gun and beginning a search. After the guard discovered a small cube of marijuana, a fight ensued that left the guard with a bone injury that eventually required surgery, prosecutors said.

Bloom was able to grab the security guard's gun and took his wallet. They said he also fired a shot into an empty vehicle.

Police arrested Bloom on his bike outside the courthouse with the wallet. The gun was found nearby.

Bloom was previously convicted of felony counts of auto theft and possession of a stolen vehicle in Nevada.

Beistline set sentencing for Jan. 8.

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