ARLINGTON — An Oak Harbor man told police he only wanted to scare some teens when he waved a loaded pistol during an argument with them.
Arlington police arrested the man, 41, on Tuesday for investigation of first-degree assault.
The man reportedly began yelling at a group of teenagers who were involved in a collision at the intersection of 47th Avenue NE and 191st Place NE.
One of the cars reportedly knocked over some garbage cans. Witnesses told police the suspect yelled at the teenagers to clean up the garbage, according to a police affidavit filed Wednesday in Everett District Court.
A 14-year-old boy began arguing with the man and refused to clean up the garbage. Witnesses told police the teenager asked the man what he was going to do about it.
The man reportedly pulled out a small handgun from his pants pocket and slid back the rack to load a bullet into the chamber, police wrote. Some witnesses told police the man then pointed the gun at the teenager.
The suspect said he never pointed the gun at anyone. He kept it down by his side. The man said he never intended to use the gun, police wrote. He said he did it “more for effect than anything else,” police wrote.
He told police that the boy was being disrespectful.
Everett: $500 taken in store robbery
A masked gunman stole about $500 from a south Everett store shortly before closing time Wednesday night.
Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies responded almost immediately, dispatching a patrol car and helicopter near 128th Street SW near I-5 to search for the robbery suspect, an official with the department’s south precinct said. Authorities later reviewed a tape of the robbery searching for clues.
Chris Cha, an employee with Beverage Special, at 520 128th St. SW, said he did not get a got a good look at the man who ordered him to the ground.
“He pointed the gun at us and yelled ‘I’m not kidding. Don’t look at me.’ “
From Herald staff reports