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Man arrested for holding ex hostage

A 33-year-old South Kitsap man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house and holding her hostage with a loaded shotgun just hours after she filed a protection order against him.

According to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department, the incident began around 1:30 p.m when the 27-year-old alleged victim called 911 to report her ex-boyfriend, Darrell Ray Healer, called and threatened her shortly after he was served a no-contact order she filed that morning.

The victim called police again 15 minutes later, saying only “Help me” before the line was disconnected, after which sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the residence on the 2800 block of Calaveras Street in Manchester.

By the time deputies arrived, Healer had allegedly kicked in the door of the victim’s house and was holding her against her will with a shotgun after ordering her mother to leave the house.

Once on scene, deputies heard a possible gunshot coming from inside the house, then blocked off access to the street while negotiators attempted to contact Healer by telephone.

After a brief conversation, Healer voluntarily exited the house and was quickly arrested.

Inside the house, deputies found a Winchester 12-gauge shotgun and what appeared to be a bullet hole in the ceiling of one of the bedrooms. The door leading into the house from the garage also looked to have been kicked in from the outside.

The victim told deputies she and Healer broke off their relationship two weeks prior to the incident, and he had been stalking her ever since.

Deputies booked Healer into Kitsap County Jail under one count each of first-degree assault, burglary, violating a protection order and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Bail was set at $500,000.

At his arraignment in Kitsap County Superior Court Wednesday, Healer pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree assault.

Both assault charges — one perpetrated against the victim and one against her mother — had an added allegation of domestic violence and for being committed with a firearm.

If convicted, Healer faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Kitsap County Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Morris requested Superior Court Judge Jay B. Roof keep Healer’s bail at the original amount.

“Based on Mr. Healer’s reaction to the protection order issued yesterday, it is valid to question his ability to follow court orders,” Morris said.

Roof agreed.

“It is obvious Mr. Healer doesn’t think much of court orders,” Roof said, and set bail at $500,000.

Morris said Healer’s criminal history included a sexual assault conviction in Texas. Healer served 12 years and was released in September of 2003.

In unrelated incidents, Healer was cited twice last week by the Port Orchard Police Department for driving without a license — first on Thursday, Feb.12, and again following Saturday.

Both times his car was towed.

According to the police report, Healer told the officer that he had been in prison most of his life, and has not had a chance to get a license.

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