Paper carrier confronts armed man

A 57-year-old South Kitsap man was arrested last week for allegedly pulling a gun on a woman delivering newspapers, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.

According to the incident report, the victim was delivering a newspaper to a home on the 800 block of SW Shannon Drive in Burley when a man came out of the house yelling “Put your arms up” and pointing a handgun at her chest.

The victim, 30, told a responding deputy that she could see a red laser beam on her chest, and she yelled at the man that she was delivering newspapers and held one up for him to see.

She said the man then put the gun away and walked up to her car, patting her on the shoulder.

She said he apologized, explaining that, “We’ve been robbed four times in the past four days and I’m gonna get ’em.”

The victim said she responded by saying it was a good thing his gun didn’t go off, and he told her that the safety was on.

The previous night, the deputy had taken a report from a resident at the house who claimed there had been “ongoing criminal activity” at her house the past few nights, including her car being “keyed,” and she said she had been up with a video camera trying to catch the suspects.

The victim said she had been delivering newspapers to the house for some time, and that she always delivered them at the same time, around 3 a.m. in the morning.

She said she also followed the resident’s very specific instructions about how to deliver the papers, such as pulling into the driveway and walking up so she can throw the paper onto the house’s covered porch.

Two deputies then drove to the house where the incident occurred to talk to the suspect.

They patted him down for weapons, reportedly finding “four, fully-loaded magazines for an automatic pistol.”

When asked what happened, he told the deputies that he attends church with the woman who lives there, and that she is scared to stay there because of recent burglaries and vandalism.

He said earlier that morning he saw someone near the house and he went outside, pointing his gun at the ground and his flashlight in her face.

When asked if he ever pointed the gun at the driver, he said he didn’t think so.

The suspect then invited the deputies inside to see the gun, which the report described as a .45 caliber, semi-automatic handgun. It was sitting on the coffee table, loaded and with “the hammer pulled back.”

The deputies then took custody of the weapon and placed the suspect under arrest.

He was then transported to Kitsap County Jail and booked for second-degree assault and held under $50,000 bail.

The deputy noted that while transporting the suspect, he spoke to the woman who lives there again.

She reportedly continued to talk about a burglary, and insisted that the newspaper carrier be arrested.

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