Man arrested after gun-toting group threatens residents

Five minors were arrested for drinking and another was jailed for carrying a weapon early Saturday morning after a South Kitsap resident reported several people were banging on his door and flashing a shotgun around midnight.

Kenneth William Hiemes, Jr., 20, and Rance Daniel Yeaman, 18, both of South Kitsap were arrested Jan. 3 near a home on the 800 block of Cherub Place after a resident called 911 to report that seven to 10 people were pounding on his front door and yelling “get down, there’s a gun outside.”

According to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Hiemes and Yeaman were stopped as they tried to leave the scene when deputies arrived only minutes after the victim called 911.

Two juveniles and another 18-year-old with the suspects were cited for being under the influence of alcohol, and a 22-year-old man was released without charges.

The occupants of the home — which included the victim’s son and several other juveniles — told deputies the incident began when they were awakened by shouts and pounding at their front door. When they looked out the window, the occupants said they heard a rifle being cocked and identified Yeaman as holding a rifle behind his back.

The victim also showed deputies several footprints on his door where it appeared to have been kicked, along with a broken porch light and blood tracks in the snow nearby.

While interviewing the suspects, the deputies noticed one of Hiemes’ hands was recently injured and bleeding. He said he hurt it earlier on a broken beer bottle, but at least one other person in the group reported Hiemes had punched out the porch light.

Hiemes was arrested for malicious mischief. Yeaman was arrested for brandishing a firearm for the purpose of intimidation, being a minor displaying or exhibiting the effects of alcohol, and carrying a deadly weapon. Bail was set at $15,000.

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