Man accused of throwing water on King faces April 19 court date

Blake Gibbins pleads not guilty

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Blake Gibbins, of Lafayette, Colorado, makes his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Saturday morning.

A Colorado man accused of throwing a glass of water on U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron Friday afternoon at a Fort Dodge restaurant pleaded not guilty to several charges Saturday morning in Webster County Magistrate Court.

Blake Gibbins, 26, of Lafayette, Colorado, is charged with two counts of assault and one count of disorderly conduct. Both are simple misdemeanors.

According the charging documents and the Fort Dodge Police Department, Gibbins allegedly approached King’s table at Mineral City Bar & Grill, 2621 Fifth Ave. S., Friday afternoon, asked about King’s identity, and then threw a glass of water on him. King was splashed, as were others sitting at the table.

Gibbins was arrested and taken to the Webster County Jail. He was later freed on bond.

According to police, it’s believed King was targeted because of his position as a U.S. representative.

Burlyn Pecoy, of Fort Dodge, was apparently one of the diners splashed with water.

Each charge Gibbins faces carries a maximum penalty of a $620 fine and 30 days jail.

Magistrate Steve Kersten accepted Gibbins’ not guilty plea and set a trial date of April 19. He also continued Gibbins’ bail and issued a no-contact order barring him from King, Pecoy and Mineral City.

Attorney Jason Carlstrom was appointed to represent Gibbins.

Gibbons remains free on bond.